WSR 14-21-092
(Securities Division)
[Filed October 14, 2014, 8:36 a.m.]
Subject of Possible Rule Making: The securities division is considering updating the exemption from securities registration for investment grade securities set forth in WAC 460-42A-081 to more closely align with Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933 and federal Rule 146 adopted thereunder.
Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 21.20.310(8), 21.20.450.
Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: RCW 21.20.310(8) provides an exemption from securities registration for "any security which meets the criteria for investment grade securities that the director may adopt by rule." In furtherance of this statute, WAC 460-42A-081 provides an exemption for securities listed on specified national securities exchanges. This rule was last amended in 1996 and since that time, a number of the exchanges specified in this rule have undergone name changes, have restructured, or no longer exist. The securities division is now considering updating WAC 460-42A-081 to specify that this exemption applies to securities listed on exchanges recognized in Section 18 of the Securities Act of 1933 and federal Rule 146 adopted thereunder.
Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: The securities division is seeking to update WAC 460-42A-081 to clarify the availability of this exemption to securities that are deemed "covered securities" under federal law and that the securities division is thus otherwise preempted from requiring registration thereof. Updating this rule will thus better coordinate this rule with existing federal law enforced by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Process for Developing New Rule: The division is soliciting comments from interested persons and will adopt rules only after the consideration of public comments.
Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Michelle Webster, Esq., Department of Financial Institutions, Securities Division, P.O. Box 9033, Olympia, WA 98507-9033, phone (360) 902-8736, fax (360) 704-6491, e-mail
October 14, 2014
William M. Beatty