WASHINGTON — Comptroller of the Currency John D. Hawke Jr. floated a plan for fixing the fee disparity between state and national banks during a speech in North Carolina on Thursday.

Conceding that assessing new federal fees on state banks is not a politically viable option, Mr. Hawke suggested instead that the cost of all exams be borne by the bank and thrift insurance funds. (The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. rebuffed his efforts to include the fee issue in the larger deposit insurance reform debate this week. On Thursday the FDIC made its recommendations to Congress. See story page 1).

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