Amendment Approved

Amendment Approved

The SEC has approved amendments to exempt certain dealers from disclosure and recordkeeping requirements relating to political contributions and municipal securities business – Rules G-37, G-8, G-9 and G-38.

On February 8, 1999, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved certain amendments to rule G-37, on political contributions and prohibitions on municipal securities business, rule G-8, on recordkeeping, rule G-9, on preservation of records, and rule G-38, on consultants. The amendments (1) exempt brokers, dealers and municipal securities dealers ("dealers") that have not engaged in municipal securities business for a period of at least two years and that have filed new Form G-37x with the Board from the disclosure requirements under rule G-37 and the related recordkeeping requirements under rule G-8; (2) require dealers that engage in municipal securities business after invoking such exemption to disclose and record certain political contributions and payments during the preceding two-year period; (3) codify the previously recognized Form G-37/G-38 submission exemption for dealers that have no information to report in a calendar quarter; and (4) make certain technical, clarifying and recordkeeping amendments to rules G-8, G-9, G-37 and G-38. The amendments became effective upon approval.

For a detailed discussion of these amendments, see the Notice of Filing dated December 3, 1998. New Form G-37x may be downloaded for completion and submission to the Board.

February 9, 1999


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