|(a) The Act, §402.073, mandates the commission and the chief administrative law judge of SOAH to adopt by rule an MOU governing contested case hearings held by SOAH under the Act. (b) The MOU is necessary to accomplish the efficient and expeditious hearing of matters to be heard by SOAH under the Act, §402.073 by establishing the procedures to be used by each agency and clearly delineating each agency's responsibilities. Additionally, the MOU is necessary to inform the public of each agency's responsibilities and the procedures for the institution, conduct and determination of proceedings before SOAH on behalf of the commission. (c) Chapter 149 rules constitute the MOU between the Commission and SOAH. The MOU provides procedures for referring a case to SOAH, the notice of hearing, proposals for decision, final orders, and custody of the hearing record, and related matters.