Pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on December 8, 2004 the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated (“CBOE” or “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in items I, II and III below, which items have been prepared by the Exchange. 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
The Exchange proposes to amend Exchange Rule 17.10(d)—Review of Decision Not to Initiate Charges by transferring the authority to review the Exchange's Business Conduct Committee's (“BCC”) decision to decline to authorize the issuance of a Statement of Charges from the President of the Exchange to the Regulatory Oversight Committee (“ROC”) and by changing the time to assess such a review from 30 days to 45 days. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Office of the Secretary, CBOE 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, the Exchange 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 those statements may be examined at the places specified in item IV below. The Exchange 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 the Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change
Exchange Rule 17.10(d) provides a “check and balance” process to ensure that in situations where the BCC declines to authorize the issuance of a Statement of Charges that is recommended by the Exchange staff, the President of the Exchange has an opportunity to review the BCC's decision and refer the matter to the Board of Directors.
The Exchange is seeking two specific modifications to this rule. First, the Exchange seeks to shift the review authority from the President of the Exchange to the Exchange's ROC. Given the ROC's oversight of regulation, the Exchange believes that it is appropriate to shift the reviewing authority from the President to the ROC. Additionally, the Exchange believes that this amendment will reduce the appearance of any conflict of interest. As a result, the Exchange believes that this transfer of reviewing authority from the President to the ROC further enhances the independence of CBOE's regulatory structure.
Second, the Exchange seeks to amend and clarify the time frame of review from 30 to 45 days, commencing from the date the Exchange serves the subject of the alleged violation with notice of a decision by the Business Conduct Committee pursuant to Exchange Rule 17.4(a) not to initiate the charges that have been recommended by Exchange staff. The Exchange believes that in transferring this review authority to the ROC, additional time may be needed to accommodate the busy schedules of the members of the ROC and to provide the members of the ROC with greater scheduling flexibility.
The Exchange believes that by transferring the reviewing authority from the President to the ROC and by Start Printed Page 2201amending and clarifying the time to assess such a review, CBOE will further enhance the independence of its regulatory structure.
2. Statutory Basis
CBOE believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act  in general, and furthers the objectives of section 6(b)(5) of the Act  in particular, by promoting just and equitable principles of trade, and protecting investors and the public interest. The proposed rule change will promote just and equitable principles of trade and protect investors and the public interest by further enhancing the independence of the Exchange's disciplinary and regulatory process.
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 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 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
Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so findings or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will (a) by order approve such proposed rule change or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.
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. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
- Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include File Number SR-CBOE-2004-82 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Jonathan G. Katz, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549-0609.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2004-82. 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, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). 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 those 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 Section, 450 Fifth Street, NW., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of CBOE. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-CBOE-2004-82 and should be submitted on or before February 2, 2005.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.5
J. Lynn Taylor,
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