WASHINGTON - A digital signatures bill could be on President Clinton's desk by Friday, the House Commerce Committee chairman said last week.

"We are very close to a final agreement, and if everyone continues to work together in good faith, I think we can have a bill to the White House before Memorial Day," Rep. Thomas J. Bliley Jr., R-Va., told lawmakers trying to reconcile House and Senate versions of the legislation, which would legalize contracts signed online.

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