(1) Two or more proceedings may be proposed for consolidation as a single proceeding upon motion of a party or upon notice by the hearing examiner:
(a) if consolidation is proposed by a party, the procedures regarding filing of motions to the hearing examiner provided for by ARM 36.12.213 shall be followed; or
(b) if consolidation is proposed by the hearing examiner, the hearing examiner shall serve each party with written notification of the proposal to consolidate. Any party opposing consolidation shall file and serve a written objection stating the reasons consolidation should not be ordered within 14 days of service of notice.
(2) The hearing examiner may order consolidation upon determining:
(a) the proceedings present substantially the same issues of fact or law;
(b) the final order in one proceeding would affect the rights of parties in the other(s); and
(c) the consolidation would not substantially prejudice any party.
(3) An order granting or denying a motion for consolidation shall be served upon all parties and shall contain a description of the cases being consolidated and shall explain the basis for the hearing examiner's determination.
(4) Multiple objections to a single application shall be consolidated without requirement of a motion, notice, or order.