MSRB Announces Webinars for Dealers on Submission of ARDs and 529 Plans to EMMA

Date: May 28, 2009

Contact:           Jennifer A. Galloway, Chief Communications Officer
                       (703) 797-6600


Alexandria, VA - The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) today announced two new webinars for municipal securities dealers in connection with the upcoming primary market disclosure service of the MSRB's Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA) system.  The webinars, to be held June 2, 2009 and June 4, 2009, will review the process for submitting advance refunding documents (ARDs) and 529 college savings plan documents to EMMA.  The June sessions are "follow-on" webinars to those presented earlier, which covered basic primary market submissions.  Content from the earlier webinars is available here.

The MSRB recently received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission to require all dealers to submit electronic primary market disclosure documents for new municipal bond offerings to the MSRB.   New MSRB Rule G-32, which replaces MSRB Rule G-36 and is effective June 1, 2009, provides for the all-electronic submission of data and primary market disclosure documents to the MSRB's EMMA system.

Each webinar on submission of ARDs and 529 plan documents will last approximately one hour. Pre-registration is required and must be completed via the links below. There is no charge to attend.

EMMA Primary Market Submission Part II, ARDs and 529 plans
June 2, 2009 11:00 am ET.  To register, click
here .

EMMA Primary Market Submission Part II, ARDs and 529 plans
June 4, 2009 11:00 am ET.  To register, click
here .

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to join the webinar session at its respective time.  Please click on the link approximately ten minutes before the session start time.  You will be directed to download the GoTo Webinar manager, and will then be given a Dial in Number, Access Code, and Audio PIN.  Please make sure to enter the Audio PIN so that you may be granted speaking privileges.  All attendees will automatically be muted upon entering the session.  If you would like to ask a question, please click on the hand tool to raise your hand.  The presenter will recognize your request and un-mute you to ask a question.  Due to the large volume of attendees, we are only able to un-mute 25 attendees at a time.  Please click on the hand tool to lower your hand if your question has already been answered. 

If you have any questions about connecting to GoTo Webinar, please contact Tina Hanachi, at 703-797-6600, or call GoTo Webinar technical support at 1-800-263-6317.

Questions about the topics covered at the conference calls may be directed to a Transaction Reporting Assistant at 703-797-6668.

The MSRB protects investors, state and local governments and other municipal entities, and the public interest by promoting a fair and efficient municipal securities market. The MSRB fulfills this mission by regulating the municipal securities firms, banks and municipal advisors that engage in municipal securities and advisory activities. To further protect market participants, the MSRB provides market transparency through its Electronic Municipal Market Access (EMMA®) website, the official repository for information on all municipal bonds. The MSRB also serves as an objective resource on the municipal market, conducts extensive education and outreach to market stakeholders, and provides market leadership on key issues. The MSRB is a self-regulatory organization governed by a 21-member board of directors that has a majority of public members, in addition to representatives of regulated entities. The MSRB is overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Congress.