House Committee Matching Senate With Securities Markup

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By Rob Tricchinelli

The House Financial Services Committee will consider a slate of minor securities bills March 9, hours after the Senate Banking Committee is scheduled to mark up the same legislation.

The five bills would affect company stock options, exchange-traded fund research, “early-stage” venture capital funds, and securities-law exemptions for companies in U.S. territories.

All are relatively narrow in scope and enjoy at least some bipartisan backing.

The House panel will also take up a sixth bill that won’t get Senate committee consideration just yet: H.R. 1312, introduced by Reps. Bruce Poliquin (R-Maine) and Juan Vargas (D-Calif.), would require the SEC to formally respond to the recommendations made during its annual Government-Business Forum on Small Business Capital Formation. A similar bill passed the House almost unanimously in 2016.

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