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Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Options Clearing Corporation; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Correction of an Erroneous Cross-Reference in Section 5(e) of Article VIII of the By-Laws

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Start Preamble November 6, 2001.

Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] , notice is hereby given that on September 28, 2001, the Options Clearing Corporation (“OCC”) 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 primarily by OCC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested parties.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

The proposed rule change would amend Article VIII, Section 5(e) of OCC's by-laws to correct an erroneous cross-reference.[2]

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, OCC 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. OCC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections (A), (B), and (C) below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.[3]

(A) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In 1999, OCC filed a rule change to merge its stock and non-equity clearing funds into a single clearing fund.[4] In that filing, OCC inadvertently neglected to change a cross-reference in Section 5(e) of Article VIII of its by-laws. Specifically, the reference to paragraph (c) in Section 4(e)(ii) has been corrected to refer to paragraph (b).

The proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 17A of the Act because it clarifies the meaning of the referenced by-law by correcting the erroneous cross-reference.

(B) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

OCC does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition.

(C) Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

Written comments were not and are not intended to be solicited with respect to the proposed rule change, and none have been received.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(i) of the Act [5] and Rule 19b-4(f)(1) [6] thereunder for it constitutes a stated policy, practice, or interpretation with respect to the meaning, administration, or enforcement of an existing rule. At any time within sixty days of the filing of this 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 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 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 Section, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OCC. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-0CC-2001-14 and should be submitted by December 4, 2001.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[7]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

2.  A copy of the text of OCC's proposed rule change and the attached exhibit are available at the Commission's Public Reference Section or through OCC.

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3.  The Commission has modified the text of the summaries prepared by OCC.

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4.  Securities Exchange Act Release Nos. 42195 (December 8, 1999), 64 FR 68712 [File No. SR-OCC-99-09] (notice of filing proposing to merge the equity and non-equity elements of the OCC's clearing fund); 42897 (June 5, 2000), 65 FR 36750 [File No. SR-OCC-99-09] (order allowing OCC to merge its equity and non-equity clearing funds into a single clearing fund).

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5.  5 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(i).

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[FR Doc. 01-28353 Filed 11-9-01; 8:45 am]

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