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H.R. 1585: Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 31, 2017 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 275

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1585

[Report No. 115–375]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 16, 2017

(for himself, Ms. Sinema, Mr. Royce of California, Mr. Hill, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Mr. Yoho, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Hultgren, Mr. Gottheimer, Mr. Davidson, and Mr. Polis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

October 31, 2017

Additional sponsor: Mr. Messer

October 31, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 16, 2017


A BILL

To amend the Securities Act of 1933 to codify certain qualifications of individuals as accredited investors for purposes of the securities laws.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fair Investment Opportunities for Professional Experts Act.

2.

Definition of accredited investor

(a)

In general

Section 2(a)(15) of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77b(a)(15) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating clauses (i) and (ii) as subparagraphs (A) and (F), respectively; and

(2)

in subparagraph (A) (as so redesignated), by striking ; or and inserting a semicolon, and inserting after such subparagraph the following:

(B)

any natural person whose individual net worth, or joint net worth with that person’s spouse, exceeds $1,000,000 (which amount, along with the amounts set forth in subparagraph (C), shall be adjusted for inflation by the Commission every 5 years to the nearest $10,000 to reflect the change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics) where, for purposes of calculating net worth under this subparagraph—

(i)

the person’s primary residence shall not be included as an asset;

(ii)

indebtedness that is secured by the person’s primary residence, up to the estimated fair market value of the primary residence at the time of the sale of securities, shall not be included as a liability (except that if the amount of such indebtedness outstanding at the time of sale of securities exceeds the amount outstanding 60 days before such time, other than as a result of the acquisition of the primary residence, the amount of such excess shall be included as a liability); and

(iii)

indebtedness that is secured by the person's primary residence in excess of the estimated fair market value of the primary residence at the time of the sale of securities shall be included as a liability;

(C)

any natural person who had an individual income in excess of $200,000 in each of the 2 most recent years or joint income with that person’s spouse in excess of $300,000 in each of those years and has a reasonable expectation of reaching the same income level in the current year;

(D)

any natural person who is currently licensed or registered as a broker or investment adviser by the Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, or an equivalent self-regulatory organization (as defined in section 3(a)(26) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934), or the securities division of a State or the equivalent State division responsible for licensing or registration of individuals in connection with securities activities;

(E)

any natural person the Commission determines, by regulation, to have demonstrable education or job experience to qualify such person as having professional knowledge of a subject related to a particular investment, and whose education or job experience is verified by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority or an equivalent self-regulatory organization (as defined in section 3(a)(26) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934); or

.

(b)

Rulemaking

The Commission shall revise the definition of accredited investor under Regulation D (17 C.F.R. 230.501 et seq.) to conform with the amendments made by subsection (a).

October 31, 2017

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed