|(a) If the parties reach an agreed settlement which resolves
the facts or issues in controversy, further proceedings shall be abated upon
a motion. A settlement agreement shall be filed directly with the director
or the director's designee for approval. If the director or the director's
designee does not approve the agreed settlement, the matter shall proceed
as a contested case under this title.
(b) An executed settlement agreement is binding on the respondent
and the department according to its terms.
(c) Once a respondent consents to a settlement, the respondent
may not withdraw consent pending approval by the director or the director's
designee. However, if the director or director's designee has not approved
the settlement within 30 days after respondent's consent to the settlement,
respondent may withdraw consent.