Bankers in Virginia and Maryland want to knock down the walls to interstate branching - as quickly and as thoroughly as possible.

The Virginia General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a comprehensive - "opt-in" bill Wednesday, becoming the first state in the nation overtly to embrace the new federal law. By opting in, a state adopts the federal measure before it automatically takes effect in 1997.

Subscribe Now

Access to authoritative analysis and perspective and our data-driven report series.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.