On February 22nd, the SEC published the adopting release and text of rule amendments regarding the format of the Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials to be sent to shareholders. The amendments permit issuers and other soliciting persons to better communicate with shareholders by including explanatory materials regarding the reasons for the use of the notice and access proxy rules and the process of receiving and reviewing proxy materials and voting pursuant to the notice and access proxy rules. The amendments also revise the timeframe for delivering a Notice to shareholders when a soliciting person other than the issuer relies on the notice and access proxy rules and permit mutual funds to accompany the Notice with a summary prospectus. The amendments are effective March 29, 2010. SEC Press Release.