31.02.06.05

.05 Testimony.

A. The Insurance Commissioner or a designee of the Insurance Commissioner may:

(1) Request the attendance of persons to testify or the production of documents;

(2) Issue a subpoena requiring the attendance of persons to testify or the production of documents; and

(3) Require testimony to be given under oath.

B. The Insurance Commissioner or a designee of the Insurance Commissioner shall give all persons present who wish to testify an opportunity to do so, but may limit repetitious testimony.

C. The Insurance Commissioner or a designee of the Insurance Commissioner may:

(1) Ask questions of anyone present at a hearing;

(2) Take questions from the audience and redirect the questions to others present at the hearing; and

(3) Refer questions to employees of the Maryland Insurance Administration who may respond after the hearing.

D. The rules of evidence do not apply to a hearing held under this chapter.

E. The Insurance Commissioner or designee of the Insurance Commissioner shall receive and mark all exhibits offered in testimony if they are relevant to the hearing.