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H.R. 5970 (115th): Modernizing Disclosures for Investors Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 11, 2018 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5970

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 11, 2018

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

AN ACT

To require the Securities and Exchange Commission to carry out a cost benefit analysis of the use of Form 10-Q and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Modernizing Disclosures for Investors Act.

2.

Form 10–Q analysis

(a)

In general

The Securities and Exchange Commission shall conduct an analysis of the costs and benefits of requiring reporting companies to use Form 10–Q for submitting quarterly financial reports. Such analysis shall consider—

(1)

the costs and benefits of Form 10–Q to emerging growth companies;

(2)

the costs and benefits of Form 10–Q to the Commission in terms of its ability to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation;

(3)

the costs and benefits of Form 10–Q to other reporting companies, investors, market researchers, and other market participants, including the costs and benefits associated with—

(A)

the public availability of the information required to be filed on Form 10–Q;

(B)

the use of a standardized reporting format across all classes of reporting companies; and

(C)

the quarterly disclosure by some companies of financial information in formats other than Form 10–Q, such as a quarterly earnings press release;

(4)

the costs and benefits of alternative formats for quarterly reporting for emerging growth companies to emerging growth companies, the Commission, other reporting companies, investors, market researchers, and other market participants; and

(5)

the expected impact of the use of alternative formats of quarterly reporting by emerging growth companies on overall market transparency and efficiency.

(b)

Report required

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall issue a report to Congress that includes—

(1)

the results of the analysis required by subsection (a); and

(2)

recommendations for decreasing costs, increasing transparency, and increasing efficiency of quarterly financial reporting by emerging growth companies.

Passed the House of Representatives July 10, 2018.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk