Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”), and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on June 16, 2000 the New York Stock Exchange, Inc. (“NYSE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The NYSE proposes to amend the text of Rule 37 (Visitors) to expand the category of officials authorized to allow visitors access to the Exchange Trading Floor.
II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
In its filing with the Commission, the exchange included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.
A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
NYSE rule 37 prescribes who is authorized to permit visitor admission to the Trading Floor of the Exchange (“Floor”). The proposed amendment to NYSE Rule 37 is designed to expand the categories of officials authorized to allow visitors access to the Floor.
According to the current NYSE Rule 37, authority to allow visitors access to the Floor is vested only in an “Officer of the Exchange.” The proposed amendments would extend this authority to three Floor Official designations: Floor Directors, Floor Governors, and Senior Floor Officials between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The NYSE believes that broadening authority in this way will result in a more flexible and efficient Floor visitation system. However, during the time period between 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (30 minutes before and after the opening), and 30 minutes prior to closing the proposed amendments to the NYSE Rule 37 would require that the approval of an Exchange Officer or a Floor Director (or Senior Floor Official or Floor Governor in the absence of a Floor Director) for visitors to be admitted to the Floor. Special attention is accorded these intervals given that they are often the focus of heightened trading activity.
In general, Floor Officials are members of the Exchange who are appointed as Floor Officials. Floor officials provide interpretive advice on auction market procedures and the Exchange's rules and regulations. They play a significant role in handling unusual market situations so that trading may be conducted in a fair and orderly manner. Each Director of the Exchange's Board of Directors who is active on the Floor is appointed as a Floor Official. These Directors are known as Floor Directors. Floor Governors are members who are designated by the Chairman of the Board. They are empowered to perform any duty, make any decision, or take any action assigned to or required of a Floor Director, as prescribed by the Rules of the Board. Senior Floor Officials are former Floor Directors or Floor Governors and are appointed by virtue of their experience.
Exchange policy pursuant to NYSE Rule 37, as reflected in The Floor Conduct and Safety Guidelines, will be amended to conform to these changes in a separate filing.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange represents that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act  in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(6)(5)  in particular, in that it is designed to facilitate transactions in securities and remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market. The amendments to NYSE Rule 37 support these goals by promoting the efficient, undisrupted conduct on the floor.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The NYSE represents that it does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the Act.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others
The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) thereunder because the Exchange represents that it is concerned solely within the administration of the Exchange.
At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20549-0609. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statemenets with respect to the prposed rule change Start Printed Page 42053that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the NYSE. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-NYSE-00-28 and should be submitted by July 28, 2000.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
[FR Doc. 00-17145 Filed 7-6-00; 8:45 am]
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