|(a) In cases brought before SOAH, in the event the
respondent is adjudicated as being in violation of the Act or this
chapter after a trial on the merits, the department has authority
to assess the actual costs of the administrative hearing in addition
to the penalty imposed. Such costs include, but are not limited to,
investigative costs, witness fees, deposition expenses, travel expenses
of witnesses, transcription expenses, or any other costs that are
necessary for the preparation of the department's case.
(b) The costs of transcriptions and preparation of
the record for appeal shall be paid by the respondent.