MSRB Files Amendments to Rule G-40 on Electronic Mail Contacts

Date: October 16, 2007

Contact:           Lynnette Kelly Hotchkiss, Executive Director
                       (703) 797-6600
                       lhotchkiss@msrb.org


MSRB FILES Amendments to Rule G-40 on Electronic Mail Contacts

Alexandria, VA - Today, the MSRB filed with the SEC proposed amendments to Rule G-40, on e-mail contacts, that would more fully conform MSRB requirements to FINRA requirements relating to contact information. The MSRB has proposed that the amendments become effective on December 31, 2007 to coincide with the effective date of recently-approved FINRA requirements in this area.

The MSRB attempts, whenever possible, to adopt rule provisions and language similar to FINRA rules in order to facilitate dealer understanding of and compliance with such provisions, as well as inspection and enforcement. The Commission recently approved a FINRA proposal relating to firm contact information, which becomes effective December 31, 2007. The MSRB has determined to similarly amend Rule G-40 to ensure a coordinated regulatory approach in this area. Thus, the proposed amendments to Rule G-40 would require dealers to: (i) promptly update any change in the required information for their Primary Contact but not later than 30 days following such change; (ii) review and, if necessary, update required information on their Primary Contact within 17 business days after the end of each calendar year; and (iii) promptly comply with any request by the appropriate regulatory agency (as defined in Section 3(a)(34) of the Act) for such information but not later than 15 days following such request, or such longer period that may be agreed to by the appropriate regulatory agency.

The MSRB believes that by substantially conforming Rule G-40 to comparable FINRA requirements relating to e-mail contact information, the proposed rule change will promote regulatory consistency by facilitating dealer compliance with such requirements, as well as the inspection and enforcement thereof.

A copy of a notice describing the proposal in more detail is attached and will soon be available at the MSRB's web site at www.msrb.org.


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.