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 March 16, 2005, 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. On March 17, 2005, the Exchange filed Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change. The Exchange has designated the proposed rule change, as amended, as “non-controversial” under Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder, which renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as amended, from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
CBOE proposes to amend CBOE Rule 2.1 pertaining to the appointment of the members and the chairman of CBOE's Regulatory Oversight Committee. Below is the text of the proposed rule change, as amended. Proposed new language is in italics.
Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated
CHAPTER II—ORGANIZATION AND ADMINISTRATION
Committees of the Exchange
Rule 2.1. Committees of the Exchange
Rule 2.1(a) Establishment of Committees. In addition to committees specifically provided for in the Constitution, there shall be the following committees: Appeals, Arbitration, Business Conduct, appropriate Floor Procedure Committees, Floor Officials, appropriate Market Performance Committees, Membership, Product Development and such other committees as may be established in accordance with the Constitution. Except as may be otherwise provided in the Constitution or the Rules, the Vice Chairman of the Board, with the approval of the Board, shall appoint the chairmen and members of such committees to serve for terms expiring at the first regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the next calendar year and until their successors are appointed or their earlier death, resignation or removal. Consideration shall be given to continuity and to having, where appropriate, a cross section of the membership represented on each committee. Except as may be otherwise provided in the Constitution or the Rules, the Vice Chairman of the Board may, at any time, with or without cause, remove any member of such committees. Any vacancy occurring in one of these committees shall be filled by the Vice Chairman of the Board for the remainder of the term. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Chairman of the Board, with the approval of the Board, shall appoint Directors to serve on the Governance Committee and the Regulatory Oversight Committee, whose members shall not be subject to removal except by the Board. The Chairman of the Governance Committee and the Chairman of the Regulatory Oversight Committee shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Board. Whenever the Vice Chairman of the Board is, or has reason to believe he may become, a party to any proceeding of an Exchange committee, he shall not exercise his power to appoint or remove members of that committee, and the Chairman of the Board shall have such power.
(b)-(d) No change.
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, as amended, and discussed any comments it received on the proposal. 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
The purpose of the proposed rule change, as amended, is to amend CBOE Rule 2.1 to provide that the Chairman of the Board shall have the authority to appoint the directors who will serve on CBOE's Regulatory Oversight Committee, and also to appoint the chairman of the Regulatory Oversight Committee. The Regulatory Oversight Committee is a standing committee of CBOE's Board of Directors, which generally oversees the independence and integrity of the regulatory functions of the Exchange, and seeks to ensure that the regulatory functions of the Exchange remain free from inappropriate influence. Pursuant to its Board approved charter, the Regulatory Oversight Committee is comprised solely of public directors.
The proposed amendment to CBOE Rule 2.1 granting to the Chairman of the Board the authority to appoint the members and the chairman of the Regulatory Oversight Committee is consistent with other provisions in CBOE's Constitution and rules which grant CBOE's Chairman of the Board the authority to appoint the members and chairman of other committees of the Board of Directors, such as the Audit, Compensation and Governance Committees.
2. Statutory Basis
The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change, as amended, is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b) of the Act, in general, and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act, in particular, in that the proposed rule change is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade, remove impediments to and perfect the mechanisms of a free and open market and a national market system and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change, as amended, 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, as amended.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The Exchange asserts that the foregoing proposed rule change, as amended, has become effective upon filing pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act  and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder  because it does not:
(i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest;
(ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and
(iii) become operative for 30 days from the date of filing, or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest; provided that the self-regulatory organization has given the Commission written notice of its intent to file the proposed rule change at least five business days prior to the filing date of the proposed rule change.
At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, as amended, the Commission may summarily abrogate such 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.Start Printed Page 18066
IV. Solicitation of Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change, as amended, 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-2005-25 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-2005-25. 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, as amended, 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 Room. 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-2005-25 and should be submitted on or before April 29, 2005.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.
Jill M. Peterson,
3. In Amendment No. 1, the Exchange revised Section III of Exhibit 1 to the proposal to set forth expressly the requirements contained in Rule 19b-4(f)(6) under the Act for the designation of the proposed rule change as “non-controversial.”Back to Citation
6. Pursuant to Section 7.1 of CBOE's Constitution, CBOE's Vice Chairman has the authority to appoint the directors to serve on the Regulatory Oversight Committee and the chairman of such committee, except as may be otherwise provided in the Constitution or Rules.Back to Citation
11. For purposes of calculating the 60-day period within which the Commission may summarily abrogate the proposed rule change, as amended, under Section 19(b)(3)(C) of the Act, the Commission considers the period to commence on March 17, 2005, the date on which the Exchange submitted Amendment No. 1. See 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(C).Back to Citation
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