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Composition of Regional Committees

Sec. 8.2  (a) A district within its respective region, as established under Section 8.1, shall elect no fewer than six Regional Committee members to serve on the Regional Committee for its respective region, unless otherwise provided by resolution of the Board. A Regional Committee shall consist of no fewer than five and no more than 20 members, unless otherwise provided by resolution of the Board. Subject to the limitation set forth in the immediately preceding sentence, the authorized number of members of a Regional Committee shall be determined from time to time by the Board; provided, however, that no decrease in the authorized number of members of a Regional Committee shall shorten the term of office of any member thereof. Each Regional Committee member of a particular district shall: (1) be associated with a FINRA member eligible to vote in the district-level elections and registered in the capacity of a branch manager or principal or denoted as a corporate officer of the FINRA member; and (2) work for a firm headquartered within the district the Regional Committee member is representing. For purposes of this provision, a FINRA member is headquartered where it designates its main address on the member's Form BD. Members of the Regional Committees shall serve as panelists in disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the Rules of the Corporation. The Regional Committees shall consider and recommend policies and rule changes to the Board. The Regional Committees shall endeavor to educate FINRA members and other brokers and dealers in their respective districts as to the objects, purposes, and work of FINRA and FINRA Regulation in order to foster FINRA members' interest and cooperation.
(b) A member of a Regional Committee may resign at any time upon giving Notice to the District Director. Any such resignation shall take effect upon receipt of such Notice or at any later time specified therein, provided that notice of resignation at a later date may be made immediately effective at the discretion of the Chief Executive Officer or his or her designee. The acceptance of such resignation shall not be necessary to make such resignation effective.
(c) In the event of the refusal, failure, neglect, or inability of a member of a Regional Committee to discharge his or her duties, or for any cause affecting the best interests of FINRA Regulation, the sufficiency of which shall be decided by the Regional Committee, the Regional Committee may remove the member by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the members of the Regional Committee then in office and declare the Regional Committee member's position vacant. The Regional Committee shall notify the Regional Committee member of his or her removal within seven days after the vote. A Regional Committee member who is removed may submit a written appeal of the removal to the Board within 30 days after the date he or she is notified of the removal. The Board may affirm, reverse, or modify the determination of the Regional Committee. A vote of a majority of the Directors then in office shall be required to reverse or modify the action of the Regional Committee.
(d) In the event of a vacancy in a Regional Committee resulting from death, resignation, removal, or other cause, the Chief Executive Officer or his or her designee shall determine whether such vacancy shall be filled prior to the next regularly scheduled election of Regional Committee members. In the event the Chief Executive Officer or his or her designee determines that a vacancy on a Regional Committee should be filled, the vacancy shall be filled pursuant to Section 8.4.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2018-021 eff. May 18, 2018.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2011-011 eff. April 28, 2011.
Amended by SR-FINRA-2008-046 eff. Nov. 6, 2008.
Amended by SR-NASD-2005-086 eff. July 5, 2005.
Amended by SR-NASD-2003-55 eff. Feb. 1, 2004.
Amended by SR-NASD-97-71 eff. Jan. 15, 1998.