WASHINGTON — The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Friday asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to approve rule changes that would allow it to expand from 15 to 21 board members, 11 of which would be independent, public representatives not associated with securities or bank-dealer firms.

The proposed changes to Rule A-3 on membership, which would take effect at the start of the board’s fiscal year 2011 on Oct. 1, are required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was enacted on July 21.

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