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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change Relating to Inactive Lessors' Eligibility To Serve on the Board of Governors

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Start Preamble January 17, 2002

On December 7, 2001, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to amend Article III, Section 2(b) of the PCX Constitution and PCX Rule 1.1(h) to provide for the eligibility of inactive lessors to serve on the PCX Board of Governors (“Board”).

The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on December 17, 2001.[3] The Commission notes that the proposed rule change was noticed for a 15-day comment period, and the Commission received no comments regarding the proposed rule change.

After careful review, the Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Start Printed Page 3524Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange.[4] Specifically, the Commission finds that the proposal to clearly establish that PXC inactive lessors are eligible to serve on the PCX Board is consistent with Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,[5] because it is designed to promote just and equitable principals of trade and to protect investors and the public interest. Inactive lessors have a financial interest in the activities of the Board and the Exchange due to their ownership of an Exchange membership. The Commission finds that allowing inactive lessors to serve on the Board is a fair and reasonable practice to provide inactive lessors and their interests to be represented on the Board.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[6] that the proposed rule change (SR-PCX-2001-45) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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

J. Lynn Taylor,

Assistant Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45144 (December 10, 2001), 66 FR 65015.

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4.  In approving this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. 02-1741 Filed 1-23-02; 8:45 am]