Federal legislation on the use of electronic signatures in Internet commerce may be necessary because of conflicting state laws, the chairman of a congressional panel said Wednesday.

"Normally, I am a state-type person, but I can see in this case a valid argument for perhaps federal legislation some day," said Rep. Michael N. Castle, R-Del., head of House Banking's monetary policy subcommittee.

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