WASHINGTON -- The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency joins other bank regulators today in proposing a controversial rule that would make it easier for banks in the same area to share directors.

The OCC's proposal would weaken a 1978 antitrust law, the Depository Institution Management Interlocks Act. House Banking Committee Chairman Henry B. Gonzalez of Texas strongly objected to a companion rule the Federal Reserve Board proposed in February.

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