[Federal Register Volume 66, Number 165 (Friday, August 24, 2001)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 44526]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 01-21461]



Fiscal Service

31 CFR Part 357

[Department of the Treasury Circular, Public Debt Series, No. 2-86]

Regulations Governing Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes, and 
Bills; Determination Regarding State Statute; South Carolina

AGENCY: Bureau of the Public Debt, Fiscal Service, Treasury.

ACTION: Determination of substantially identical state statute.


SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury is announcing that it has 
reviewed the recently enacted South Carolina law adopting the 1994 
Revision of Article 8 of the U.C.C. along with the conforming 
amendments from the 1998 Revision of Article 9 of the U.C.C. and has 
determined that it is substantially identical to the uniform version of 
Revised Article 8 for purposes of interpreting the rules in 31 CFR part 
357, subpart B (the ``TRADES'' regulations).

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 24, 2001.

ADDRESSES: See Supplemental Information for electronic access.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sandy Dyson, Attorney-Advisor (202) 
691-3707, Walter T. Eccard, Chief Counsel (202) 691-3705 or Cynthia E. 
Reese, Deputy Chief Counsel (202) 691-3709.


Electronic Access

    Copies of this notice are available for downloading from the Bureau 
of the Public Debt home page at: http://www.publicdebt.treas.gov.
    On August 23, 1996, The Department published a final rule to govern 
securities held in the commercial book-entry system, also referred to 
as the Treasury/Reserve Automated Debt Entry System (``TRADES''), 61 FR 
    In the commentary to the final regulations, Treasury stated that 
for the 28 states that had by then adopted Revised Article 8, the 
versions enacted were ``substantially identical'' to the uniform 
version for purposes of the rule. Therefore, for those states, that 
portion of the TRADES rule requiring application of Revised Article 8 
was not invoked. Treasury also indicated in the commentary that as 
additional states adopt Revised Article 8, notice would be provided in 
the Federal Register as to whether the enactments are substantially 
identical to the uniform version so that the federal application of 
Revised Article 8 would no longer be in effect for those states. 
Treasury adopted this approach in an attempt to provide certainty in 
the application of the rule in response to public comments.
    We have subsequently published notices setting forth our 
determination concerning 23 additional states' enactment of Revised 
Article 8. See 62 FR 26, January 2, 1997; 62 FR 34010, June 18, 1997; 
62 FR 61912, November 20, 1997; 63 FR 20099, April 23, 1998; 63 FR 
35807, July 1, 1998; 63 FR 50159, September 21, 1998; and 66 FR 33832, 
June 26, 2001. Thus, prior to this notice, a total of 51 jurisdictions 
(including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, which are treated 
as states), have enacted statutes deemed by Treasury as substantially 
identical to the uniform version of Revised Article 8.
    We note that South Carolina's enactment of Article 8 includes 
conforming revisions made by Revised Article 9 (1998), which the state 
also enacted. The TRADES rules define ``Revised Article 8'' as the 1994 
Official Text with conforming amendments (Sec. 357.2). Consistent with 
our notice published June 26, 2001 (66 FR 33832) concerning Revised 
Article 9, we have reviewed these changes and conclude that the law 
enacted by South Carolina is ``substantially identical'' to the 1994 
version of Article 8 for purposes of the TRADES rules. Therefore, if 
either Sec. 357.10(b) or Sec. 357.11(b) directs a person to South 
Carolina, the provisions of Secs. 357.10(c) and 357.11(d) of the TRADES 
rule are not applicable.
    As noted in our June 26, 2001 notice, several technical or 
conforming changes to the TRADES regulations required by Revised 
Article 9 will be published in the near future.

Van Zeck,
Commissioner of the Public Debt.
[FR Doc. 01-21461 Filed 8-23-01; 8:45 am]