AUSTIN, Tex. - There's a civil war in Texas, turning banker against banker in a battle over the future of the state's branching laws.

On Wednesday, a plan for Texas to reject interstate branching was passed by state's House of Representatives and sent to the Senate. The unanimous House vote capped two months of fierce and at times bizarre skirmishes - including the distribution of tape-recorded remarks of an irate trade group executive skewering legislators over their personal credit histories.

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