Rep. Ben Quayle (AZ-03) Introduces Legislation to Improve Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Requirements for Small Businesses

Release Date: 9/26/2011

Media Contact:  Barbara Pruitt, 816-932-1288, bpruitt@kauffman.org, Kauffman Foundation

 New bill proposes changes to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 that will lower barriers for small companies as they go public.

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.), Sept. 26, 2011 – Rep. Ben Quayle from Arizona’s third district recently introduced  H.R. 2941, the Startup Expansion and Investment Act, which will allow shareholders of public companies with market valuations below $1 billion to opt out of regulations within section 404 for the first 10 years after going public. The costs for complying with the requirements of this section of Sarbanes-Oxley can exceed $1 million for new companies and can cost them up to $20 million in loss of valuation.

The idea embodied in this legislation is consistent with a proposal in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Startup Act of 2011, a set of non-partisan ideas to jump-start the ailing U.S. economy and increase job creation by accelerating the growth of startups and young businesses.

The Foundation’s Startup Act, based on its extensive research, focuses attention on the central role that high-growth startups must play to assure continued U.S. economic strength. The benefits of startups are well-established: Virtually all of the growth in U.S. jobs has been driven by the formation of firms less than five years old, and these new firms have been disproportionately responsible for commercializing the cutting-edge innovations that characterize modern life.

“I believe this bill is an important step as we try to increase the number of companies that go public in the United States,” said Robert Litan, vice president for research and policy at the Kauffman Foundation. “ The ability to raise capital in public markets will be essential as new companies create the jobs required to put Americans back to work.”

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. In addition, the Foundation focuses on initiatives in the Kansas City region to advance students’ math and science skills, and improve the educational achievement of urban students, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a college preparatory charter school for middle and high school students that opened in 2011. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit www.kauffman.org, and follow the Foundation on www.twitter.com/kauffmanfdn and www.facebook.com/kauffmanfdn.

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