Florida state banks will continue to be regulated by the state's elected comptroller, despite a yearlong effort by that office to cede regulatory powers to another body.

Comptroller Robert F. Milligan - who vowed to depoliticize the state's regulatory structure in his successful campaign to unseat 20-year incumbent Gerald Lewis in the fall of 1994 - said last week he would abandon the attempt for the current legislative session, and would not try again next year.

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