§440-8  Authority to subpoena witnesses, to administer oaths and penalties.  The chairperson or the executive officer may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses before the commission, with the same effect as if the subpoenas were issued in an action in the circuit court, and may administer oaths in all matters connected with the administration of the affairs of the commission.  Disobedience of a subpoena and false swearing before the executive officer or the commission shall be attended by the same consequences and be subject to the same penalties as if disobedience or false swearing occurred in an action in the circuit court. [L 1929, c 216, §8; RL 1935, §6996; RL 1945, §7557; am L 1951, c 307, §4; RL 1955, §165-8; HRS §440-8; am L 1983, c 241, §6; gen ch 1993; am L 2004, c 135, §6]