"Proposed findings of fact, conclusions, and rules or orders." Within 10 days after receipt of notice
that the transcript of the testimony has been filed or such additional time as the presiding hearing examiner may allow, each party may file with the
hearing examiner proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and rule or order, together with a supporting brief expressing the reasons for such
proposals. Such proposals and brief shall be served on all other parties, and shall refer to all portions of the record and to all authorities relied
upon in support of each proposal.
"Decision of the hearing examiner." Within a reasonable time after the time allowed for the filing of
proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law, and rule or order, the presiding hearing examiner shall make and serve upon each party his decision,
which shall become final upon the 20th day after service thereof, unless exceptions are filed thereto, as provided in 1905.28. The decision of the
hearing examiner shall include (1) a statement of findings and conclusions, with reasons and bases therefor, upon each material issue of fact, law, or
discretion presented on the record, and (2) the appropriate rule, order, relief, or denial thereof. The decision of the hearing examiner shall be
based upon a consideration of the whole record and shall state all facts officially noticed and relied upon. It shall be made on the basis of a
preponderance of reliable and probative evidence.