DETROIT — Independent financial ­advisers meeting here Thursday questioned the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Martha Mahan Haines about which advisers must register with the SEC under the new regulatory reform law, while Haines announced that the agency will hold its next field hearing on munis in Chicago on Nov. 16.

Haines, the SEC’s current muni chief, strongly urged advisory firms to register even as the commission works to develop answers to frequently asked questions from market participants who say some of the muni provisions in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are ambiguous about who they apply to or what they mean.

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