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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Order Granting Approval of Proposed Rule Change by the American Stock Exchange LLC Relating to the Elimination of the Minor Floor Violation Disciplinary Committee

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Start Preamble September 29, 2003.

On July 25, 2003, the American Stock Exchange LLC (“Amex” 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 eliminate the Amex's Minor Floor Violation Disciplinary Committee (“MFVDC”). Under the proposed rule change, the responsibilities of the MFVDC will be transferred to the Exchange's Enforcement Department.

The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on August 28, 2003.[3] 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.[4] In particular, the Commission believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b)(6)[5] of the Act which requires, among other things, that the Exchange's rules provide that its members and persons associated with its members be appropriately disciplined for violations of the federal securities laws and the Exchange's rules. The Commission believes that consolidating the responsibility for initiating disciplinary action under Amex's minor rule violation plan exclusively in the Exchange's Enforcement Department should provide a more consistent process for the disciplining of Amex's members and persons associated with its members.

It Is Therefore Ordered, pursuant to Section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[6] that the proposed rule change (SR-Amex-2003-71) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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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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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 48382 (August 20, 2003), 68 FR 51818.

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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).

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[FR Doc. 03-25118 Filed 10-2-03; 8:45 am]

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