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Self-Regulatory Organizations; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change by the Pacific Exchange, Inc. Relating to Exchange Fees and Charges

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Start Preamble April 9, 2004.

Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),[1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] notice is hereby given that on March 26, 2004, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in items I, II, and III below, which items have been prepared by PCX. PCX filed the proposed rule change pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act [3] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder,[4] which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

PCX, through its wholly owned subsidiary, PCX Equities, Inc. (“PCXE”), is proposing to amend its PCXE Schedule of Fees and Charges (“Schedule”) in order to amend the statutory disqualification application fee. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the principal office of the PCX and at the Commission.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

In its filing with the Commission, PCX included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in item IV below. PCX has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose

PCX is proposing to amend the PCXE statutory disqualification fee. On December 12, 2003, the Exchange filed a proposal with the Commission to amend the PCX statutory disqualification application fee for its Options Members, which became effective upon filing.[5] In that rule proposal, the Exchange proposed to amend the PCX statutory disqualification fee to $2,000 for all applications resulting in statutory disqualification proceedings. PCX previously assessed $250 to process applications for approved status despite grounds for statutory disqualification. In order to bring this fee up to the competitive levels of other SROs, PCX proposed to increase the fee to $2,000 and assess the fee for all applications resulting in statutory disqualification proceedings.[6] Hence, the fee would not be assessed unless the review of the application reveals that such a proceeding is necessary. The Exchange now proposes to amend the equivalent statutory disqualification application fee for PCXE, as the application procedures are identical for its PCX Members and PCXE ETP Holders.

2. Statutory Basis

The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b) of the Act,[7] in general, and section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[8] in particular, in that it provides for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fee, and other charges among its members.

B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

The Exchange has neither solicited nor received written comments on the proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

The foregoing rule change has become effective pursuant to section 19(b)(3)(A)(ii) of the Act [9] and Rule 19b-4(f)(2) thereunder because it establishes or changes a due, fee or other charge imposed by the Exchange. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate the rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Persons making written submissions should file six copies thereof with the Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609. Comments should be submitted electronically at the following e-mail address: rule-comments@sec.gov. All comment letters should refer to File No. SR-PCX-2004-24. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, comments should be sent in hard copy or by e-mail but not by both methods. Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than Start Printed Page 20095those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room. Copies of such filing will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the PCX. All submissions should refer to File No. SR-PCX-2004-24 and should be submitted by May 6, 2004.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[10]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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Footnotes

5.  See Release No. 34-48971 (Dec. 22, 2003), 68 FR 75307 (Dec. 30, 2003) (SR-PCX-2003-69).

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6.  See Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc. (“CBOE”) Fee Schedule, Appendix A. The CBOE assesses a $2,700 fee for applications resulting in statutory disqualification proceedings.

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9.  15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(ii).

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[FR Doc. 04-8566 Filed 4-14-04; 8:45 am]

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