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Sweden Expected To Force Banks To Handle Cash Transactions


Key lawmakers said in interviews over the weekend that the government will probably seek to enact proposed legislation that had been roundly criticized by the banking industry and called potentially illegal.

"There may be some changes, but mainly, what we proposed will be carried out," said Fredrik Olovsson, a key lawmaker for the ruling Social Democrats. "There's a broad majority for this, so I expect it will happen."

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Olovsson is part of a committee that's reviewing the central bank law, which proposed last year to make it mandatory for banks that provide checking accounts and have more than 70 billion kronor ($7.6 billion) in deposits from the Swedish public to offer cash withdrawals and handle daily receipts.

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