Health & Safety Code Section 481.305
(a)The person may request a formal hearing only after participating in an informal hearing.
(b)The request must be submitted in writing and received by the department before the 21st day after the date the person is notified of the decision from the informal hearing.
(c)If a timely request for a formal hearing is not received, the director by order shall approve the determination from the informal hearing and impose the recommended penalty.
(d)If the person timely requests a formal hearing, the director shall refer the matter to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, which shall promptly set a hearing date and give written notice of the time and place of the hearing to the director and to the person. An administrative law judge of the State Office of Administrative Hearings shall conduct the hearing.
(e)The administrative law judge shall make findings of fact and conclusions of law and promptly issue to the director a proposal for a decision about the occurrence of the violation and the amount of any proposed penalty.
(f)If a penalty is proposed under Subsection (e), the administrative law judge shall include in the proposal for a decision a finding setting out costs, fees, expenses, and reasonable and necessary attorney’s fees incurred by the state in bringing the proceeding. The director may adopt the finding and impose the costs, fees, and expenses on the person as part of the final order entered in the proceeding.
Section 481.305 — Formal Hearing,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/HS/htm/HS.481.htm#481.305 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).