WASHINGTON - The nation's largest credit union trade group is mounting a campaign aimed at making its members more competitive with banks and other financial services providers.

Daniel A. Mica, president of the Credit Union National Association, announced Wednesday that it would form a "blue-ribbon" commission to study potential changes to credit union laws and improvements to federal and state charters. Calling it the "most important commission we've had in many years," Mr. Mica said the panel would hold a series of hearings and focus groups and make recommendations to lawmakers in mid- to late 2001.

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