Options Price Reporting Authority; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information To Revise OPRA's Professional Subscriber Agreement and Its Direct Circuit Connection Rider and Indirect Circuit Connection Rider, 27296-27298 [E6-7111]

Download as PDF rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES 27296 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 90 / Wednesday, May 10, 2006 / Notices Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval. Rule 17a–6 (17 CFR 240.17a–6) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 permits national securities exchanges, national securities associations, registered clearing agencies, and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (collectively, ‘‘SROs’’) to destroy or convert to microfilm or other recording media records maintained under Rule 17a–1, if they have filed a record destruction plan with the Commission and the Commission has declared such plan effective. There are currently 22 SROs: 10 national securities exchanges, 1 national securities association, 10 registered clearing agencies, and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. These respondents file no more than one record destruction plan per year, which requires approximately 160 hours for each new plan. However, the Commission is discounting that figure given its experience to date with the number of plans that have been filed. Further, any existing SRO record destruction plans may require revision, over time, in response to, for example, changes in document retention technology, which the Commission estimates will take much less than the 160 hours estimated for a new plan. Thus, the total annual compliance burden is estimated to be 60 hours, based on an estimated two respondents per year. The approximate cost per hour is $250, resulting in a total cost of compliance for these respondents of $15,000 per year (60 hours @ $250 per hour). Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Please direct your written comments to: (i) The Desk Officer for the Securities VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:59 May 09, 2006 Jkt 208001 and Exchange Commission, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10102, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503 or by sending an e-mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov and (ii) R. Corey Booth, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or by sending an e-mail to PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted within 60 days of this notice. Dated: May 3, 2006. Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–7113 Filed 5–9–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53753; File No. SR–OPRA– 2006–01] Options Price Reporting Authority; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information To Revise OPRA’s Professional Subscriber Agreement and Its Direct Circuit Connection Rider and Indirect Circuit Connection Rider May 2, 2006. Pursuant to section 11A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 608 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 21, 2006, the Options Price Reporting Authority (‘‘OPRA’’) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) an amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information (‘‘OPRA Plan’’).3 The proposed OPRA Plan amendment would revise OPRA’s Professional Subscriber Agreement (‘‘PSA’’), which 1 15 U.S.C. 78k–1. CFR 242.608. 3 The OPRA Plan is a national market system plan approved by the Commission pursuant to Section 11A of the Act and Rule 608 thereunder (formerly Rule 11Aa3–2). See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 17638 (March 18, 1981), 22 S.E.C. Docket 484 (March 31, 1981). The OPRA Plan provides for the collection and dissemination of last sale and quotation information on options that are traded on the participant exchanges. The six participants to the OPRA Plan are the American Stock Exchange LLC, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated, the International Securities Exchange, Inc., the NYSE Arca, Inc., and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, Inc. is required to be entered into between OPRA and professional subscribers to options information under Section VII(c) of the OPRA Plan, and amend the Direct Circuit Connection Rider and Indirect Circuit Connection Rider to the PSA. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments from interested persons on the proposed OPRA Plan amendment. I. Description and Purpose of the Amendment OPRA states that the purpose of the proposed amendment is to revise the PSA that is required to be entered into between OPRA and professional subscribers to options information under section VII(c) of the OPRA Plan, to amend the Direct Circuit Connection Rider and the Indirect Circuit Connection Rider to the PSA to conform the language of these documents to OPRA’s Vendor Agreement as revised in 2002, and to make certain other updating revisions.4 Significant changes that OPRA proposes to the PSA and the Riders are described below. In addition, OPRA proposes certain non-substantive editorial revisions, which are not described below but are reflected in the new PSA and the Riders thereto. Professional Subscriber Agreement OPRA has updated the list of participant exchanges. In addition, OPRA has supplemented the definition of the term ‘‘Information’’ by adding the phrase ‘‘other information transmitted over the information reporting system administered by OPRA.’’ 5 According to OPRA, this ‘‘other information’’ would include real-time values of various indexes that underlie options traded on the markets of the participant exchanges, data with respect to open interest, and systems messages. Section 7 of the PSA, which describes OPRA’s inspection right, has been revised to refer explicitly to the Subscriber’s records with respect to its use of Information to say explicitly that the inspection would be limited to confirming compliance with the provisions of the PSA, and to clarify 2 17 PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4 OPRA’s Vendor Agreement was revised in SR– OPRA–2002–03, and was approved by the Commission on January 22, 2003. See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 47230 (January 22, 2003), 68 FR 4259 (January 28, 2003). 5 This change would conform the definition of the term ‘‘Information’’ in the PSA to the definition of the term ‘‘OPRA Data’’ in the Vendor Agreement and the Direct and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders. As described below, OPRA would use the revised PSA only on a prospective basis. OPRA believes that it is more desirable to maintain continuity in the use of the term ‘‘Information’’ in the PSA than to change the PSA to use the term that is used in its other contract forms. E:\FR\FM\10MYN1.SGM 10MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 90 / Wednesday, May 10, 2006 / Notices rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES that, upon request, OPRA would maintain the confidentiality of the Subscriber’s confidential information. According to OPRA, these latter two points are consistent with language that is in the current Direct Circuit Connection Rider.6 Section 11, which describes OPRA’s right to make changes in the data that it disseminates and in the means of dissemination, has been revised to conform to section 15 of the Vendor Agreement and the current Direct Circuit Connection Rider.7 Section 14, which currently provides that the PSA is subject to applicable provisions of the Act, has been expanded to provide that the PSA and any Riders would constitute the complete agreement between OPRA and the Subscriber, and that the PSA would supersede any prior agreements entered between OPRA and the Subscriber, except that any previously executed Riders would remain in effect unless terminated or superseded in accordance with their terms. The PSA has been expressly made subject to Illinois law, making it consistent in this respect with the current Vendor Agreement and the Direct and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders. A new section 15 has been added to provide that the Subscriber could assign the PSA without the consent of OPRA only to a successor to its business, subject to OPRA’s right to terminate without cause upon thirty days notice. A comparable provision is contained in the Direct and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders.8 Section 16 (formerly section 15) has been revised to state that if an exchange ceases to be a Participant Exchange in OPRA, that exchange would cease to be a party to the PSA, but that the PSA would remain in effect between the Subscriber and the remaining Participant Exchanges. A comparable provision is contained in the current Vendor Agreement and in the Direct and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders. The PSA previously included a sentence stating that ‘‘Subscriber remains responsible for all fees due to OPRA hereunder, even if a third party has agreed to pay such fees on behalf of 6 See section 4 of the current form of the Direct Circuit Connection Rider. Because the language on these points is being added to the PSA and because every Subscriber that agrees to a Direct Circuit Connection Rider also must have agreed to the PSA, this language is being deleted from the Direct Circuit Connection Rider. 7 See section 7 of the current form of Direct Circuit Connection Rider. As with Section 4 of the Direct Circuit Connection Rider, because this language is being added to the PSA, it is being deleted from the Direct Circuit Connection Rider. 8 See section 8 of the revised form of each Rider. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:59 May 09, 2006 Jkt 208001 Subscriber.’’ That sentence has been deleted, and OPRA is revising its form ‘‘Third Party Billing Agreement’’ to state expressly that OPRA would look only to an approved third party payor for payment of OPRA’s fees that it would otherwise expect a Subscriber to pay. These changes are intended to make it easier for Subscribers and third party payors to conclude, in appropriate situations, that payment of OPRA’s fees by third party payors is eligible for the section 28(e) safe harbor. Direct Circuit Connection Rider and Indirect Circuit Connection Rider to the PSA The definitions have been modified to track the definitions in the revised Vendor Agreement. In addition, obsolete terminology, including references to OPRA’s ‘‘high speed transmission’’ and to aspects of OPRA’s direct access charge that are no longer in effect, has been eliminated. In the Direct Circuit Connection Rider, the Subscriber’s obligation to pay applicable direct access fees has been moved without substantial change into a separate section, which would parallel the structure of the current Indirect Circuit Connection Rider. The description of Subscriber’s rights to use OPRA Data has been expanded to incorporate terms from the revised Vendor Agreement with respect to delayed data and historical data. Subscriber’s recordkeeping, reporting, and auditing obligations with respect to its use of OPRA Data have been more fully described in a manner that is consistent with the way OPRA currently imposes these obligations and with the language of the Vendor Agreement. Several provisions of the Riders have been deleted because they are redundant with the provisions of the proposed amended PSA. These include provisions describing OPRA’s right to conduct inspections, OPRA’s disclaimer of warranty, the proprietary rights of the OPRA Participant Exchanges to the OPRA Data, OPRA’s right to make changes to OPRA Data and the means by which OPRA Data is transmitted, and the fact that the Riders are subject to Illinois law. The provisions governing the effectiveness and termination of the Riders and the integration of the Riders with the PSA have been revised to treat separately the PSA and each Rider. These provisions would make clear that any revised PSA or Rider entered into by a Subscriber would supersede only the specific agreement it is intended to replace. PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27297 II. Implementation of the OPRA Plan Amendment Pursuant to paragraphs (b)(3)(ii) and (iii) of Rule 608 under the Act,9 OPRA designates this amendment as concerned solely with the administration of the OPRA Plan and/or as involving solely technical or ministerial matters, thereby qualifying for effectiveness upon filing. OPRA states that it will begin to use the proposed revised PSA and the Direct and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders upon filing with the Commission. However, OPRA states that these revised documents would be used only on a prospective basis, and existing Professional Subscribers would not be required to re-execute the revised forms of agreements. The only exception would be that an existing Professional Subscriber who subsequently enters into one or both of the revised Circuit Connection Riders would at that time be required to sign the revised PSA, since certain substantive provisions have been eliminated from the Riders only because they have been included in the revised PSA. The Commission may summarily abrogate the amendment within sixty days of its filing and require refiling and approval of the amendment by Commission order pursuant to Rule 608(b)(2) under the Act,10 if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors and the maintenance of fair and orderly markets, to remove impediments to, and perfect the mechanisms of, a national market system, or otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. III. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed OPRA Plan amendment is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–OPRA–2006–01 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 9 17 CFR 242.608(b)(3)(ii) and (iii). CFR 242.608(b)(2). 10 17 E:\FR\FM\10MYN1.SGM 10MYN1 27298 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 90 / Wednesday, May 10, 2006 / Notices 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–OPRA–2006–01. 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 plan amendment that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed plan amendment 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, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of OPRA. 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–OPRA–2006–01 and should be submitted on or before May 31, 2006. (‘‘Amex’’ 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. 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 Exchange proposes to amend Amex Rule 590 to permit violations of the rule governing the bunching of oddlot orders (Amex Rule 208) to be sanctioned under the Exchange’s existing Minor Rule Violation Plan (‘‘Plan’’). The text of the proposed rule change is available on Amex’s Web site at http://www.amex.com, at the principal office of Amex, 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, Amex included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it had received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. Amex has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Nancy M. Morris, Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–7111 Filed 5–9–06; 8:45 am] A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change BILLING CODE 8010–01–P 1. Purpose SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–53749; File No. SR–Amex– 2006–34] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Minor Rule Violations and the Bunching of Odd-Lot Orders rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES May 2, 2006. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on April 12, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC 11 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(29). U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. 1 15 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:59 May 09, 2006 Jkt 208001 The Exchange has had a Plan since 1976 that provides a simplified procedure for the resolution of minor rule violations. Codified in Amex Rule 590, the Plan has three distinct sections: (1) Part 1 (‘‘General Rule Violations’’), which covers substantive matters that, nonetheless, are deemed ‘‘minor’’ by Amex; (2) Part 2 (‘‘Floor Decorum’’), which covers floor decorum and operational matters; and (3) Part 3 (‘‘Reporting Violations’’), which covers the late submission of routine reports. Amex Rule 208, which governs the bunching of odd-lot orders, requires members to: (1) Obtain the prior approval of all interested customers before combining the orders given by several customers to buy or sell odd lots of the same stock into a round lot order; and (2) reject odd-lot orders that aggregate one or more round lots from PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a person trading for his own account, or accounts in which he has an interest or exercises discretion, unless the odd lots are consolidated into round lots. The Exchange proposes that violations of Amex Rule 208 be incorporated into Part 1 of the Plan. Under the Plan, an individual (either a member, approved person, or employee of a member or member organization) may be fined $500, and a member organization $1,000, for a first offense. For second offenses and subsequent offenses within a rolling 24-month period from the date of the first violation, individuals may be fined $1,000 and $2,500 respectively, and member organizations may be fined $2,500 and $5,000, respectively. No fines greater than $5,000 may be imposed under Amex Rule 590. The Exchange believes that inclusion of Amex Rule 208 within Part 1 of Amex Rule 590 would enable prompt resolution of violations of the odd-lot bunching rule that do not rise to the level of a formal enforcement action but warrant more significant action than issuance of a Letter of Caution. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,3 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,4 in particular, in that it is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade; to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in regulating, clearing, settling, processing information with respect to, and facilitating transactions in securities; to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism 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 would impose any burden on competition that is 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 No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. 3 15 4 15 U.S.C. 78f(b). U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). E:\FR\FM\10MYN1.SGM 10MYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-53753; File No. SR-OPRA-2006-01]


Options Price Reporting Authority; Notice of Filing and Immediate 
Effectiveness of Proposed Amendment to the Plan for Reporting of 
Consolidated Options Last Sale Reports and Quotation Information To 
Revise OPRA's Professional Subscriber Agreement and Its Direct Circuit 
Connection Rider and Indirect Circuit Connection Rider

May 2, 2006.
    Pursuant to section 11A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 608 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on April 21, 2006, the Options Price Reporting Authority (``OPRA'') 
submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') an 
amendment to the Plan for Reporting of Consolidated Options Last Sale 
Reports and Quotation Information (``OPRA Plan'').\3\ The proposed OPRA 
Plan amendment would revise OPRA's Professional Subscriber Agreement 
(``PSA''), which is required to be entered into between OPRA and 
professional subscribers to options information under Section VII(c) of 
the OPRA Plan, and amend the Direct Circuit Connection Rider and 
Indirect Circuit Connection Rider to the PSA. The Commission is 
publishing this notice to solicit comments from interested persons on 
the proposed OPRA Plan amendment.
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    \1\ 15 U.S.C. 78k-1.
    \2\ 17 CFR 242.608.
    \3\ The OPRA Plan is a national market system plan approved by 
the Commission pursuant to Section 11A of the Act and Rule 608 
thereunder (formerly Rule 11Aa3-2). See Securities Exchange Act 
Release No. 17638 (March 18, 1981), 22 S.E.C. Docket 484 (March 31, 
1981).
    The OPRA Plan provides for the collection and dissemination of 
last sale and quotation information on options that are traded on 
the participant exchanges. The six participants to the OPRA Plan are 
the American Stock Exchange LLC, the Boston Stock Exchange, Inc., 
the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated, the International 
Securities Exchange, Inc., the NYSE Arca, Inc., and the Philadelphia 
Stock Exchange, Inc.
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I. Description and Purpose of the Amendment

    OPRA states that the purpose of the proposed amendment is to revise 
the PSA that is required to be entered into between OPRA and 
professional subscribers to options information under section VII(c) of 
the OPRA Plan, to amend the Direct Circuit Connection Rider and the 
Indirect Circuit Connection Rider to the PSA to conform the language of 
these documents to OPRA's Vendor Agreement as revised in 2002, and to 
make certain other updating revisions.\4\
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    \4\ OPRA's Vendor Agreement was revised in SR-OPRA-2002-03, and 
was approved by the Commission on January 22, 2003. See Securities 
Exchange Act Release No. 47230 (January 22, 2003), 68 FR 4259 
(January 28, 2003).
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    Significant changes that OPRA proposes to the PSA and the Riders 
are described below. In addition, OPRA proposes certain non-substantive 
editorial revisions, which are not described below but are reflected in 
the new PSA and the Riders thereto.

Professional Subscriber Agreement

    OPRA has updated the list of participant exchanges. In addition, 
OPRA has supplemented the definition of the term ``Information'' by 
adding the phrase ``other information transmitted over the information 
reporting system administered by OPRA.'' \5\ According to OPRA, this 
``other information'' would include real-time values of various indexes 
that underlie options traded on the markets of the participant 
exchanges, data with respect to open interest, and systems messages.
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    \5\ This change would conform the definition of the term 
``Information'' in the PSA to the definition of the term ``OPRA 
Data'' in the Vendor Agreement and the Direct and Indirect Circuit 
Connection Riders. As described below, OPRA would use the revised 
PSA only on a prospective basis. OPRA believes that it is more 
desirable to maintain continuity in the use of the term 
``Information'' in the PSA than to change the PSA to use the term 
that is used in its other contract forms.
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    Section 7 of the PSA, which describes OPRA's inspection right, has 
been revised to refer explicitly to the Subscriber's records with 
respect to its use of Information to say explicitly that the inspection 
would be limited to confirming compliance with the provisions of the 
PSA, and to clarify

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that, upon request, OPRA would maintain the confidentiality of the 
Subscriber's confidential information. According to OPRA, these latter 
two points are consistent with language that is in the current Direct 
Circuit Connection Rider.\6\
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    \6\ See section 4 of the current form of the Direct Circuit 
Connection Rider. Because the language on these points is being 
added to the PSA and because every Subscriber that agrees to a 
Direct Circuit Connection Rider also must have agreed to the PSA, 
this language is being deleted from the Direct Circuit Connection 
Rider.
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    Section 11, which describes OPRA's right to make changes in the 
data that it disseminates and in the means of dissemination, has been 
revised to conform to section 15 of the Vendor Agreement and the 
current Direct Circuit Connection Rider.\7\
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    \7\ See section 7 of the current form of Direct Circuit 
Connection Rider. As with Section 4 of the Direct Circuit Connection 
Rider, because this language is being added to the PSA, it is being 
deleted from the Direct Circuit Connection Rider.
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    Section 14, which currently provides that the PSA is subject to 
applicable provisions of the Act, has been expanded to provide that the 
PSA and any Riders would constitute the complete agreement between OPRA 
and the Subscriber, and that the PSA would supersede any prior 
agreements entered between OPRA and the Subscriber, except that any 
previously executed Riders would remain in effect unless terminated or 
superseded in accordance with their terms. The PSA has been expressly 
made subject to Illinois law, making it consistent in this respect with 
the current Vendor Agreement and the Direct and Indirect Circuit 
Connection Riders.
    A new section 15 has been added to provide that the Subscriber 
could assign the PSA without the consent of OPRA only to a successor to 
its business, subject to OPRA's right to terminate without cause upon 
thirty days notice. A comparable provision is contained in the Direct 
and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders.\8\
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    \8\ See section 8 of the revised form of each Rider.
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    Section 16 (formerly section 15) has been revised to state that if 
an exchange ceases to be a Participant Exchange in OPRA, that exchange 
would cease to be a party to the PSA, but that the PSA would remain in 
effect between the Subscriber and the remaining Participant Exchanges. 
A comparable provision is contained in the current Vendor Agreement and 
in the Direct and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders.
    The PSA previously included a sentence stating that ``Subscriber 
remains responsible for all fees due to OPRA hereunder, even if a third 
party has agreed to pay such fees on behalf of Subscriber.'' That 
sentence has been deleted, and OPRA is revising its form ``Third Party 
Billing Agreement'' to state expressly that OPRA would look only to an 
approved third party payor for payment of OPRA's fees that it would 
otherwise expect a Subscriber to pay. These changes are intended to 
make it easier for Subscribers and third party payors to conclude, in 
appropriate situations, that payment of OPRA's fees by third party 
payors is eligible for the section 28(e) safe harbor.

Direct Circuit Connection Rider and Indirect Circuit Connection Rider 
to the PSA

    The definitions have been modified to track the definitions in the 
revised Vendor Agreement. In addition, obsolete terminology, including 
references to OPRA's ``high speed transmission'' and to aspects of 
OPRA's direct access charge that are no longer in effect, has been 
eliminated.
    In the Direct Circuit Connection Rider, the Subscriber's obligation 
to pay applicable direct access fees has been moved without substantial 
change into a separate section, which would parallel the structure of 
the current Indirect Circuit Connection Rider.
    The description of Subscriber's rights to use OPRA Data has been 
expanded to incorporate terms from the revised Vendor Agreement with 
respect to delayed data and historical data.
    Subscriber's recordkeeping, reporting, and auditing obligations 
with respect to its use of OPRA Data have been more fully described in 
a manner that is consistent with the way OPRA currently imposes these 
obligations and with the language of the Vendor Agreement.
    Several provisions of the Riders have been deleted because they are 
redundant with the provisions of the proposed amended PSA. These 
include provisions describing OPRA's right to conduct inspections, 
OPRA's disclaimer of warranty, the proprietary rights of the OPRA 
Participant Exchanges to the OPRA Data, OPRA's right to make changes to 
OPRA Data and the means by which OPRA Data is transmitted, and the fact 
that the Riders are subject to Illinois law.
    The provisions governing the effectiveness and termination of the 
Riders and the integration of the Riders with the PSA have been revised 
to treat separately the PSA and each Rider. These provisions would make 
clear that any revised PSA or Rider entered into by a Subscriber would 
supersede only the specific agreement it is intended to replace.

II. Implementation of the OPRA Plan Amendment

    Pursuant to paragraphs (b)(3)(ii) and (iii) of Rule 608 under the 
Act,\9\ OPRA designates this amendment as concerned solely with the 
administration of the OPRA Plan and/or as involving solely technical or 
ministerial matters, thereby qualifying for effectiveness upon filing. 
OPRA states that it will begin to use the proposed revised PSA and the 
Direct and Indirect Circuit Connection Riders upon filing with the 
Commission. However, OPRA states that these revised documents would be 
used only on a prospective basis, and existing Professional Subscribers 
would not be required to re-execute the revised forms of agreements. 
The only exception would be that an existing Professional Subscriber 
who subsequently enters into one or both of the revised Circuit 
Connection Riders would at that time be required to sign the revised 
PSA, since certain substantive provisions have been eliminated from the 
Riders only because they have been included in the revised PSA.
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    \9\ 17 CFR 242.608(b)(3)(ii) and (iii).
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    The Commission may summarily abrogate the amendment within sixty 
days of its filing and require refiling and approval of the amendment 
by Commission order pursuant to Rule 608(b)(2) under the Act,\10\ if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest, for the protection of investors and the 
maintenance of fair and orderly markets, to remove impediments to, and 
perfect the mechanisms of, a national market system, or otherwise in 
furtherance of the purposes of the Act.
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    \10\ 17 CFR 242.608(b)(2).
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III. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed OPRA 
Plan amendment is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by 
any of the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File No. SR-OPRA-2006-01 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Nancy M. Morris, 
Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission,

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100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-OPRA-2006-01. 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 plan amendment that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed plan amendment 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, 100 F Street, 
NE., Washington, DC 20549. Copies of such filing also will be available 
for inspection and copying at the principal office of OPRA. 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-OPRA-2006-01 and should be 
submitted on or before May 31, 2006.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\11\
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    \11\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(29).
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Nancy M. Morris,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. E6-7111 Filed 5-9-06; 8:45 am]
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