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Self Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change and Amendment No. 1 Thereto Relating to an Amendment to Rule 17.2 of the CBOE's Disciplinary Rules Concerning the Initiation of Investigations of Possible Violations Within the Disciplinary Jurisdiction of the Exchange

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Start Preamble July 23, 2003.

On April 7, 2003, the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE” 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 CBOE Rule 17.2 of its Disciplinary Rules concerning the initiation of investigations of possible violations within the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Exchange. On May 30, 2003, the CBOE filed Amendment No. 1.[3]

The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on June 23, 2003.[4] The Commission received no comments on the proposal, as amended.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange [5] and, in particular, the requirements of section 6 of the Act [6] and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with section 6(b)(5)[7] 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. The Commission also finds that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with sections 6(b)(1),[8] 6(b)(6),[9] and 6(b)(7)[10] of the Act in that it requires compliance by the Exchange members and persons associated with its members with the Act, the rules and regulations thereunder, and Exchange rules; and provides a fair procedure for the disciplining of Exchange members. In particular, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, should help to clarify and make explicit that the Exchange can initiate investigations in its disciplinary jurisdiction on its own when it believes that there is a reasonable basis to do so, and that complaints made to the Exchange alleging violations made by a complainant can either be oral or written.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[11] that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-CBOE-2003-15), as amended, be, and it hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[12]

Jill M. Peterson,

Assistant Secretary.

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3.  See letter from J. Patrick Sexon, Assistant General Counsel, CBOE, to Sapna C. Patel, Attorney, Division of Market Regulation, Commission, dated May 29, 2003 (“Amendment No. 1”).

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4.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48038 (June 16, 2003), 68 FR 37181.

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5.  In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it 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. 03-19183 Filed 7-28-03; 8:45 am]