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House Committee on Financial Services, March 1, 2007 press release


For Immediate Release:                                                        Contact:

March 1, 2007                                                             Steve Adamske (202) 225-7141

                                                                                    Heather Wong (202) 225-3314


Frank Introduces Legislation to Allow Shareholders to

Vote on Executive Pay


Congressional hearing to be held on March 8


Washington, DC--House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, joined by 21 other Members of Congress, today introduced legislation to require public companies to include in their annual proxies a non-binding advisory shareholder vote on their executive pay plans.  The bill, H.R. 1257, the “Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act” will not set any limits on pay, but will ensure that shareholders have an opportunity to give their approval or disapproval on the company’s executive pay practices.  The bill also contains a separate advisory vote if a company gives a new, not yet disclosed, “golden parachute” while simultaneously negotiating to buy or sell a company.  Advisory votes on compensation have been successfully used in the United Kingdom and was recently adopted voluntarily by the company AFLAC.


"I do not understand those who argue that the people who make up our stock markets are collectively very wise, but at the same time are somehow incapable of rendering a coherent opinion of what they should pay those they employ to run the corporations that they own,” said Chairman Frank.


Specifically, the legislation builds on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) executive pay disclosure rules to require that public companies include in their annual proxy to investors the opportunity to vote on the company’s executive pay plans.


Last year, the SEC took a good step forward on compensation by requiring that public companies significantly improve their executive compensation disclosures to shareholders.    Frank believes that disclosure is important, but incomplete.  The Shareholder Vote on Executive Compensation Act would ensure that shareholders have a say on their company’s executive compensation disclosures without micromanaging the business.


The House Financial Services Committee will hear from experts, academics and advocates on both sides of this issue at the hearing on the legislation on March 8, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building, room 2128.







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