WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services, 61808-61809 [E6-17527]

Download as PDF 61808 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 202 / Thursday, October 19, 2006 / Notices urged to contact the above named individual at least two working days prior to the meeting to be advised of any potential changes to the agenda. Dated: October 11, 2006. Michael R. Snodderly, Branch Chief, ACRS/ACNW. [FR Doc. E6–17438 Filed 10–18–06; 8:45 am] Dated: October 12, 2006. Michael R. Snodderly, Branch Chief, ACRS/ACNW. [FR Doc. E6–17437 Filed 10–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P BILLING CODE 7590–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. WTO/DS285] NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Subcommittee Meeting on Planning and Procedures; Notice of Meeting The ACRS Subcommittee on Planning and Procedures will hold a meeting on November 1, 2006, Room T–2B1, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. The entire meeting will be open to public attendance, with the exception of a portion that may be closed pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b ( c)(2) and (6) to discuss organizational and personnel matters that relate solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of the ACRS, and information the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. The agenda for the subject meeting shall be as follows: cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Wednesday, November 1, 2006, 12 Noon–1:15 p.m. The Subcommittee will discuss proposed ACRS activities and related matters. The Subcommittee will gather information, analyze relevant issues and facts, and formulate proposed positions and actions, as appropriate, for deliberation by the full Committee. Members of the public desiring to provide oral statements and/or written comments should notify the Designated Federal Official, Mr. Sam Duraiswamy (telephone: 301–415–7364) between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. (ET) five days prior to the meeting, if possible, so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Electronic recordings will be permitted only during those portions of the meeting that are open to the public. Further information regarding this meeting can be obtained by contacting the Designated Federal Official between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. (ET). Persons planning to attend this meeting are urged to contact the above named individual at least two working days prior to the meeting to be advised of any potential changes in the agenda. VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:50 Oct 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States—Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (‘‘USTR’’) is providing notice that the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), at the request of Antigua and Barbuda, has established a panel under Article 21.5 of the WTO Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (‘‘DSU’’) to examine the compliance of the United States with the DSB recommendations and rulings in the matter of United States—Measures Affecting the CrossBorder Supply of Gambling and Betting Services. The panel request may be found at www.wto.org in a document designated as WT/DS285/18. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute. DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the course of the dispute settlement proceedings, comments should be submitted on or before October 23 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR. ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to FR0701@ustr.eop.gov, Attn: ‘‘Gambling and Betting Dispute (DS285)’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640. For documents sent by fax, USTR requests that the submitter provide a confirmation copy to the electronic mail address listed above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Busis, Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395– 3150. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Prior WTO Proceedings On June 12, 2003, Antigua and Barbuda requested a dispute settlement panel to consider its claims that U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00103 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Federal, State and territorial laws on gambling violate U.S. commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), to the extent that such laws prevent or can prevent operators from Antigua and Barbuda from lawfully offering gambling and betting services in the United States. The WTO ruled on April 20, 2005, rejecting all of Antigua and Barbuda’s claims except the WTO ruled that for the United States to show that the Federal gambling laws meet the requirements of the chapeau to Article XIV of the GATS, the United States needed to clarify an issue concerning Internet gambling on horse racing. On May 19, 2005, the United States stated its intention to implement the DSB recommendations and rulings. On April 10, 2006, the United States informed the DSB that the United States had complied with the DSB recommendations and rulings. Issues Raised by Antigua and Barbuda In its panel request under Article 21.5 of the DSU, Antigua disputes that the United States has complied with the DSB recommendations and rulings. Antigua raises the following issues: (1) Antigua and Barbuda argues that the United States has not taken any measure to comply with the DSB recommendations and rulings. (2) Second, Antigua and Barbuda characterizes U.S. compliance as relying on a ‘‘restatement of a legal position taken by a party to a dispute,’’ and argues that such action is legally insufficient under the DSU to amount to compliance. (3) Third, Antigua and Barbuda disputes that the U.S. compliance brings the measures at issue within the scope of the GATS Article XIV public morals/ public order exception. Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning the issues raised in this dispute. Persons may submit their comments either (i) electronically, to FR0701@ustr.eop.gov, Attn: ‘‘Gambling and Betting Dispute (DS285)’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395– 3640. For documents sent by fax, USTR requests that the submitter provide a confirmation copy to the electronic mail address listed above. USTR encourages the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format, as attachments to an electronic mail. Interested persons who make submissions by electronic mail should not provide separate cover letters; information that might appear in a cover E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 202 / Thursday, October 19, 2006 / Notices letter should be included in the submission itself. Similarly, to the extent possible, any attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. A person requesting that information contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such and the submission must be marked ‘‘Business Confidential’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page. Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information or advice may qualify as such, the submitter— (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice; (2) Must clearly mark the material as ‘‘Submitted in Confidence’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and (3) Is encouraged to provide a nonconfidential summary of the information or advice. Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to the dispute; and the U.S. submissions, the submissions, or nonconfidential summaries of submissions, received from other participants in the dispute; the report of the panel and; if applicable, the report of the Appellate Body. An appointment to review the public file (Docket No. WT/DS285, Gambling and Betting Dispute) may be made by calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395–6186. The USTR Reading Room is open to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Daniel E. Brinza, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement. [FR Doc. E6–17527 Filed 10–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W7–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:50 Oct 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Filings and Information Services, Washington, DC 20549. Regulation SHO; SEC File No. 270–534; OMB Control No. 3235–0589. 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’’) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget request for extension of the previously approved collection of information discussed below. Regulation SHO Proposed Regulation SHO, Rule 201 (17 CFR 242.200 through 242.203) requires each broker-dealer that effects a sell order in any equity security to mark the order ‘‘long,’’ short,’’ or ‘‘short exempt.’’ Proposed Regulation SHO, Rule 201 causes a collection of information because the rule’s requirement that each order ticket be marked either ‘‘long,’’ ‘‘short,’’ or ‘‘short exempt’’ is a disclosure to third parties and the public imposed on ten or more persons. The information required by the rule is necessary for the execution of the Commission’s mandate under the Exchange Act to prevent fraudulent, manipulative, and deceptive acts and practices by broker-dealers. The purpose of the information collected is to enable regulators to monitor whether a person effecting a short sale is acting in accordance with proposed Regulation SHO. Without the requirement that each order or an equity security be marked either ‘‘long,’’ ‘‘short,’’ or ‘‘short exempt,’’ there would be no means to police compliance with Regulation SHO. We assume that all of the approximately 6,752 registered brokerdealers effect sell orders in securities covered by proposed Regulation SHO. For purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Commission staff has estimated that a total of 1,164,755,007 trades are executed annually. This is an average of approximately 172,505 annual responses by each respondent. Each response of marking orders ‘‘long,’’ ‘‘short,’’ or ‘‘short exempt’’ takes approximately .000139 hours (.5 seconds) to complete. Thus, the total approximate estimated annual hour burden per year is 161,900 burden PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61809 hours (1,164,755,007 responses @ 0.000139 hours/response). A reasonable estimate for the paperwork compliance for the proposed rules for each brokerdealer is approximately 24 burden hours (172,505 responses @ .000139 hours/ response) or (161,900 burden hours / 6,752 respondents). The retention period for the recordkeeping requirement under Regulation SHO is three years following the trade date. The recordkeeping requirement under this Rule is mandatory to assist the Commission with monitoring the short sales of securities. This rule does not involve the collection of confidential information. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. Comments should be directed to: (i) Desk Officer for the Securities 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/CIO, Office of Information Technology, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Shirley Martinson, 6432 General Green Way, Alexandria, VA 22312 or send an e-mail to: PRA_Mailbox@sec.gov. Comments must be submitted to OMB within 30 days of this notice. Dated: October 10, 2006. Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. E6–17397 Filed 10–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–54593; File No. SR–Amex– 2006–97] Self-Regulatory Organizations; American Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Amend the Electronic Access Fee October 12, 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 October 4, 2006, the American Stock Exchange LLC (‘‘Amex’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) submitted 1 15 2 17 E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). CFR 240.19b–4. 19OCN1

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[FR Doc No: E6-17527]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. WTO/DS285]


WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States--
Measures Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting 
Services

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative 
(``USTR'') is providing notice that the World Trade Organization 
Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), at the request of Antigua and Barbuda, 
has established a panel under Article 21.5 of the WTO Understanding on 
Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (``DSU'') to 
examine the compliance of the United States with the DSB 
recommendations and rulings in the matter of United States--Measures 
Affecting the Cross-Border Supply of Gambling and Betting Services. The 
panel request may be found at www.wto.org in a document designated as 
WT/DS285/18. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning 
the issues raised in this dispute.

DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the 
course of the dispute settlement proceedings, comments should be 
submitted on or before October 23 to be assured of timely consideration 
by USTR.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to 
FR0701@ustr.eop.gov, Attn: ``Gambling and Betting Dispute (DS285)'' in 
the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640. 
For documents sent by fax, USTR requests that the submitter provide a 
confirmation copy to the electronic mail address listed above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Busis, Associate General 
Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508, (202) 395-3150.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Prior WTO Proceedings

    On June 12, 2003, Antigua and Barbuda requested a dispute 
settlement panel to consider its claims that U.S. Federal, State and 
territorial laws on gambling violate U.S. commitments under the General 
Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), to the extent that such laws 
prevent or can prevent operators from Antigua and Barbuda from lawfully 
offering gambling and betting services in the United States. The WTO 
ruled on April 20, 2005, rejecting all of Antigua and Barbuda's claims 
except the WTO ruled that for the United States to show that the 
Federal gambling laws meet the requirements of the chapeau to Article 
XIV of the GATS, the United States needed to clarify an issue 
concerning Internet gambling on horse racing. On May 19, 2005, the 
United States stated its intention to implement the DSB recommendations 
and rulings. On April 10, 2006, the United States informed the DSB that 
the United States had complied with the DSB recommendations and 
rulings.

Issues Raised by Antigua and Barbuda

    In its panel request under Article 21.5 of the DSU, Antigua 
disputes that the United States has complied with the DSB 
recommendations and rulings. Antigua raises the following issues:
    (1) Antigua and Barbuda argues that the United States has not taken 
any measure to comply with the DSB recommendations and rulings.
    (2) Second, Antigua and Barbuda characterizes U.S. compliance as 
relying on a ``restatement of a legal position taken by a party to a 
dispute,'' and argues that such action is legally insufficient under 
the DSU to amount to compliance.
    (3) Third, Antigua and Barbuda disputes that the U.S. compliance 
brings the measures at issue within the scope of the GATS Article XIV 
public morals/public order exception.

Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning the issues raised in this dispute. Persons may submit their 
comments either (i) electronically, to FR0701@ustr.eop.gov, Attn: 
``Gambling and Betting Dispute (DS285)'' in the subject line, or (ii) 
by fax to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640. For documents sent by fax, 
USTR requests that the submitter provide a confirmation copy to the 
electronic mail address listed above.
    USTR encourages the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format, as 
attachments to an electronic mail. Interested persons who make 
submissions by electronic mail should not provide separate cover 
letters; information that might appear in a cover

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letter should be included in the submission itself. Similarly, to the 
extent possible, any attachments to the submission should be included 
in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files.
    A person requesting that information contained in a comment 
submitted by that person be treated as confidential business 
information must certify that such information is business confidential 
and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. 
Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such 
and the submission must be marked ``Business Confidential'' at the top 
and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page.
    Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than 
business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be 
confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 
1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information 
or advice may qualify as such, the submitter--
    (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice;
    (2) Must clearly mark the material as ``Submitted in Confidence'' 
at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and
    (3) Is encouraged to provide a non-confidential summary of the 
information or advice.
    Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR 
will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible 
to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-
confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to 
the dispute; and the U.S. submissions, the submissions, or non-
confidential summaries of submissions, received from other participants 
in the dispute; the report of the panel and; if applicable, the report 
of the Appellate Body. An appointment to review the public file (Docket 
No. WT/DS285, Gambling and Betting Dispute) may be made by calling the 
USTR Reading Room at (202) 395-6186. The USTR Reading Room is open to 
the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through 
Friday.

Daniel E. Brinza,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and 
Enforcement.
[FR Doc. E6-17527 Filed 10-18-06; 8:45 am]
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