|(a) This subchapter, along with applicable provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 2001.051-2001.902 of the Texas Government Code), the Negotiated Rulemaking Act (Tex. Gov't Code, ch. 2008), the Governmental Dispute Resolution Act, (Tex. Gov't Code, ch. 2009), Texas Government Code, Chapter 2260, and the contested case hearings rules promulgated by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (1 TAC Chapter 155), shall govern all proceedings to which a party has been given a right to a hearing by statute or by Board rules. (b) The purpose of this subchapter is: (1) to encourage the resolution and early settlement of rulemaking and contract disputes, and contested cases through voluntary settlement procedures, and; (2) to establish clear procedures for the administration of all contested matters that may come before the Board.