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Small firms join stock-options debate

More than 200 small and medium-size technology companies in the United States are asking Congress to preserve their ability to hand stock options to employees without expensing them. On Tuesday, the businesses sent a letter to Capitol Hill, warning that expensing stock options--a plan being considered by the Financial Accounting Standards Board--would have a "dramatic negative effect on high-tech companies and our rank-and-file employees."

The letter, organized by the American Electronics Association, urges politicians to support a bill that would effectively postpone the debate three years by asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct an in-depth study of the topic. During that time, publicly traded companies would be required to disclose the impact their stock options may have on their shares and earnings per share.