Reps. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, have sent a letter to new Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Mary Jo White urging her to make sure that the SEC’s final definition of municipal advisor reflects their bill, which is pending before the House Financial Services Committee.
“We were dismayed in December 2010 when the SEC released the proposed definition of municipal advisor,” Stivers and Moore wrote. The pair are sponsors of H.R. 797, which would clarify Section 975 of the Dodd-Frank Act and define MAs as those engaged with issuers to provide financial advice for compensation. The bill contains exceptions for dealers seeking to be underwriters and those providing related advice, as well as bankers, swap dealers and governmental board members.