WASHINGTON - The House Energy and Commerce Committee yesterday approved broad legislation to increase federal regulation of financial advisers after easing some requirements included in the bill approved by its subcommittee last week.

The committee, chaired by Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., adopted without revision provisions that would raise the fees advisers pay to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission, direct the SEC to pay particular attention in inspections to new or financially troubled advisers, and require the SEC to search for unregistered advisers.

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