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Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Public Law 94-409, that the Securities and Exchange Commission will hold the following meetings during the week of December 16, 2002:

An Open Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 18, 2002, at 10 a.m., in Room 1C30, the William O. Douglas Room, and a Closed Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2002, at 2 p.m. Start Printed Page 77105

Commissioners, Counsel to the Commissioners, the Secretary to the Commission, and recording secretaries will attend the Closed Meeting. Certain staff members who have an interest in the matters may also be present.

The General Counsel of the Commission, or his designee, has certified that, in his opinion, one or more of the exemptions set forth in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(5), (7), (9)(B) and (10) and 17 CFR 200.402(a)(5), (7), (9)(ii) and (10), permit consideration of the scheduled matters at the Closed Meeting.

The subject matter of the Open Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 18, 2002 will be:

1. The Commission will consider whether to adopt exemptions for most standardized options from provisions of the Securities Act of 1933 and from the registration requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The exemptions would ensure comparable regulatory treatment of standardized options and security futures products.

2. The Commission will consider proposing new rules and rule amendments to implement (a) the mandated electronic filing of reports required to be filed by officers, directors and principal security holders under section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and (b) Web site posting of such reports by issuers, both of which are required by section 16(a)(4) of the Exchange Act, as amended by section 403 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

The subject matter of the Closed Meeting scheduled for Thursday, December 19, 2002 will be:

Formal orders of investigation;

Institution and settlement of administrative proceedings of an enforcement nature;

Institution and settlement of injunctive actions; and


At times, changes in Commission priorities require alterations in the scheduling of meeting items. For further information and to ascertain what, if any, matters have been added, deleted or postponed, please contact:

The Office of the Secretary at (202) 942-7070.

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Dated: December 11, 2002.

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 02-31657 Filed 12-12-02; 11:28 am]