Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”)  and Rule 19b-4 thereunder, notice is hereby given that on September 30, 2011, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“Board” or “MSRB”) 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 the MSRB. The MSRB has filed the proposed rule change pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii)  of the Exchange Act, and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) 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 from interested persons.
I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change
The MSRB has filed with the SEC a proposed rule change consisting of an Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation.
The text of the proposed rule change is available on the MSRB's Web site at http://www.msrb.org/Rules-and-Interpretations/SEC-Filings/2011-Filings.aspx, at the MSRB's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.
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 MSRB 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. The Board 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
On September 28, 2011 the Commission approved a proposed rule change consisting of amendments to MSRB Rule A-3, on membership on the Board. The amendments to A-3 established a permanent Board structure of 21 Board members divided into three classes, each class composed of seven members that will serve three-year terms. In addition, amended Rule A-3(h) sets forth a two-year transitional period, commencing October 1, 2012 and ending on September 30, 2014. During this transitional period, two Board Directors who commenced their terms in 2009 and two Board Directors who commenced their terms in 2010 shall serve four-year terms, in order to Start Printed Page 63683transition the Board of Directors to three equally sized classes.
The proposed rule change would make changes to the Articles of Incorporation as are necessary and appropriate in order to comply with Section 15B of the Exchange Act, 15 U.S.C. 78o-4, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Public Law 111-203, § 975, 124 Stat. 1376 (2010) (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), and conform the Articles of Incorporation to amended MSRB Rule A-3.
2. Statutory Basis
Sections 15B(b)(1) and (2) of the Exchange Act, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, require, among other things, that the rules of the Board establish fair procedures for the nomination and election of members of the Board and assure fair representation in such nominations and elections of public representatives, broker-dealer representatives, bank representatives, and advisor representatives and the terms that shall be served by such members. The MSRB believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 15B(b)(1) and (2) of the Exchange Act, in that it conforms the Articles of Incorporation of the Board to the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act and amended MSRB Rule A-3.
B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition
The MSRB 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 Exchange Act, since the proposed rule change simply amends the Articles of Incorporation of the Board to comply with the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act and MSRB Rule A-3, and solely concerns the administration of the organization.
C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others
Written comments were neither solicited nor received on the proposed rule change.
III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action
The proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Exchange Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) thereunder  because it is concerned solely with the operation and administration of the MSRB. At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend 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 Exchange 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 Exchange 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 email@example.com. Please include File Number SR-MSRB-2011-18 on the subject line.
- Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.
All submissions should refer to File Number SR-MSRB-2011-18. 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 Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the MSRB's offices. 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-MSRB-2011-18 and should be submitted on or before November 3, 2011.Start Signature
For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.10
Elizabeth M. Murphy,
5. See Release No. 34-65424, File No. SR-MSRB-2011-11 (September 28, 2011).Back to Citation
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