SEC Alert! Commissioner Hester M. Peirce is against today's proposed rules that govern when public companies must include shareholder proposals in their proxy statements. Is anyone surprised by her position?


I appreciate the staff’s diligence, graciousness, professionalism, and hard work throughout this rulemaking process. Staff’s valuable time, however, could have been put to better use. For example, staff could have worked immediately on addressing outstanding issues around proxy plumbing and, in several years, on conducting a retrospective review of the 2020 Rules.[1] Instead, the request made of the staff was a difficult and pointless one—find a way to redo a freshly adopted rule without any new information to suggest that such a rewrite is warranted. I am sorry that I cannot support the resulting rule.

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