WASHINGTON -- Two congressmen have asked the General Accounting Office to analyze legislation that would overturn a Supreme Court ruling last year that changed the way unclaimed dividends and interest on certain securities are returned to states.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., asked the GAO last week to study the escheatment issues raised by the bill to help them win jurisdiction over the legislation, which was introduced in June 1993 by the House Banking Committee's chairman, Rep. Henry Gonzalez, D-Tex., and its ranking Republican, Rep. Jim Leach of Iowa. Gonzalez and Leach offered the bill after the high court ruled in Delaware v. New York that the unclaimed assets should revert to, or "escheat," to the state in which the financial institution that holds the money is incorporated.

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