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 September 22, 2000, the Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated (“CHX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items, I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange has designated this proposal as one establishing or changing a due, fee, or other charge imposed by the CHX under Section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. 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 Exchange proposes to amend its membership dues and fees schedule (the “Schedule”) to continue, through December 31, 2000, the waiver of all transaction, order processing and floor broker fees for transactions that occur during the CHX's E-Session extended hours trading session. The text of the proposed rule change is available upon request from the CHX and the Commission.
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
The proposed rule change amends the Schedule to eliminate, through December 31, 2000, order processing, transaction and floor broker fees for transactions that occur during the CHX's E-Session. This proposal is designed to allow CHX members to continue to participate in the E-Session without incurring the fees normally associated with their CHX transactions. According to the Exchange, the vast majority of the securities that trade during the E-Session are already subject to order processing and transaction fee waivers under the current fee schedule because they are either Nasdaq/NMS issues or issues within the S&P 500. Waiving fees on the few remaining securities and on floor broker transactions in all securities simplifies the Exchange's fee-related communications with its members.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(4) of the Act  in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among its members.Start Printed Page 60235
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any inappropriate burden on competition.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
No written comments were solicited or received.
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)(ii) of the Act  and subparagraph (f)(2) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder, because it involves a due, fee, or other charge. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such 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 proposal 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 statements with respect to the proposed rule change that 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 Exchange. All submissions should refer to file number SR-CHX-00-30, and should be submitted by October 31, 2000.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
4. On October 13, 1999, the Commission approved, on a pilot basis, the CHX's proposed rule change that allowed the CHX to implement an extended hours trading session. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 42004 (October 13, 1999), 64 FR 56548 (October 20, 1999) (SR-CHX-99-16). The Commission recently approved the CHX's proposal to make the E-Session a permanent part of the CHX's operations. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 43304 (September 19, 2000), 65 FR 57850 (SR-CHX-00-26). The E-Session takes place from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday.Back to Citation
5. E-Session fees have been waived since the beginning of the E-Session. See Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 42089 (November 2, 1999), 64 FR 60864 (November 8, 1999) (SR-CHX-99-23) (waiving fees from October 13, 1999 through December 31, 1999); 42329 (January 11, 2000), 65 FR 3000 (January 19, 2000) (SR-CHX-99-29) (waiving fees from January 1, 2000 through March 1, 2000); 42486 (March 2, 2000), 65 FR 12601 (March 9, 2000) (SR-CHX-005) (waiving fees from March 2, 2000 through June 30, 2000); and 42929 (June 13,2000), 65 FR 38620 (June 21, 2000) (SR-CHX-00-18) (waiving fees from July 1, 2000 through October 1, 2000). This proposal simply extends the waiver of the same fees through December 31, 2000. See October 2, 2000 telephone conversation between Ellen J. Neely, Vice President and General Counsel, CHX, and Joseph P. Morra, Special Counsel, Division of Market Regulation, SEC.Back to Citation
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