Policy Issues

Roundtable and Broad Business Coalition Request SEC to Provide Appropriate Comment Time Periods for Multiple Rulemakings

April 5, 2022

A regulatory push on multiple fronts by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)  prompted The Real Estate Roundtable and 24 other national business organizations on April 5, 2022 to submit comments to SEC Chairman Gary Gensler about the about need for more time to assemble meaningful stakeholder analysis as part of the rulemaking process. (Coalition letter, April 5)

  • A long list of recent, overlapping SEC proposals affecting business are cited in the coalition letter, including four rulemakings that could significantly impact the real estate industry.
  • The coalition letter to the SEC noted, “The hundreds-upon-hundreds of questions, and numerous catch-all requests for comment, posed in these rulemakings reflect the Commission’s recognition that it needs input from the public to properly craft the proposed rules, yet the Commission is refusing to allow the public the time it needs to answer the Commission’s questions satisfactorily.”

  • The business coalition requested that the SEC should not reflexively assign a 30-day or 60-day comment period to multiple rule proposals. The coalition commented, “Exceedingly short comment periods associated with numerous concurrent potentially inter-connected rule proposals … could result in rules that hurt investors, damage the financial system, and implicate the Commission’s obligations.”  (Coalition letter, April 5)

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