On April 26, 2002, The Chicago Stock Exchange, Incorporated (“CHX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, a proposed rule change to amend the rules relating to the composition of the CHX's Minor Rule Violation Panel (“Panel”). Under the proposal, the CHX would modify the composition of the Panel, from a Panel that consists of (1) one member of the Rules Subcommittee; (2) one member of the Committee on Floor Procedure who is not on the Rules Subcommittee; and (3) one floor member who is not on the Committee on Floor Procedure or on any of its subcommittees (such as the Rules Subcommittee), to a Panel that consists of (1) one member of the Rules Subcommittee; (2) one member of the Committee on Floor Procedure (whether or not he or she is on the Rules Subcommittee); and (3) one floor member who is not on the Committee on Floor Procedure, but could be on one or more of its subcommittees (but not the Rules Subcommittee).
The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on May 20, 2002. The Commission received no comments on the proposal.
The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange  and, in particular, the requirements of section 6 of the Act  and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b)(5) of the Act  in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments and to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest by ensuring that potential minor rule violations are addressed as soon as possible.
In addition, the Commission finds the proposal is consistent with section 6(b)(7) of the Act  because the proposal provides a fair procedure for the disciplining of members and persons associated with members. The Commission also finds the proposal is consistent with section 6(b)(8) of the Act, in that it furthers the statutory goal of providing a fair procedure for disciplining the CHX's members and associated persons. Finally, the Commission finds the proposal is consistent with Securities Exchange Act Rule 19d-1(c)(2)  that governs minor rule violation plans.
It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act  , that the proposed rule change (SR-CHX-2002-12) be, and it hereby is, approved.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Margaret H. McFarland,
4. In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).Back to Citation
[FR Doc. 02-16348 Filed 6-27-02; 8:45 am]
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