Attorneys general for nine states are backing the efforts of two California cities fighting for the right to enforce bans on automated teller machine surcharges.

Led by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, the states filed a legal brief Tuesday arguing that ordinances prohibiting ATM surcharging in San Francisco and Santa Monica, Calif., are not preempted by federal law, as has been argued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and banks across the country.

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