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Over the last few weeks, the House of Representatives has passed three bills, in each case by an over 400 vote margin, that create new exemptions under the Securities Act of 1933 in the hopes of fostering job creation. Other legislation may soon also pass the House that raises the level at which an issuer must become a “reporting” company under §12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 to 1,000 shareholders of record (and also excludes certain categories of shareholders from this computation). Today, one suspects that even a bill permitting the dumping of toxic waste into rivers and harbors or decriminalizing insider trading would have a fair chance of passage—if it were captioned the “Job Creation Act of 2011.”

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