WASHINGTON - Lawmakers postponed at the last minute Wednesday a conference committee meeting on digital signatures legislation, but financial industry lobbyists said they remain upbeat that the bill could be approved soon.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Thomas J. Bliley Jr., chairman of the panel, said the meeting and possible vote were postponed because of negotiators' scheduling conflicts. No official makeup date was given, but industry and other sources said that lawmakers had tentatively rescheduled for Thursday.

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