Whenever the commissioner or the division of insurance pursuant to this title or any other provision of law is obligated or authorized to hold a hearing, the commissioner, at his or her discretion, may designate an employee of the division of insurance who has administrative responsibilities to act as a hearing officer or may use the services of an administrative law judge appointed pursuant to part 10 of article 30 of title 24, C.R.S., to conduct the hearing according to the “State Administrative Procedure Act”. Any decision by such a designated hearing officer or appointed administrative law judge shall be an initial decision and, in the absence of an appeal to the division of insurance or a review upon motion of the commissioner as provided in section 24-4-105, C.R.S ., shall thereupon become the decision of the division of insurance. Any final decision of the commissioner or the division of insurance shall be subject to judicial review by the court of appeals pursuant to section 24-4-106(11), C.R.S .
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