WASHINGTON — Utilities and energy companies are urging federal lawmakers to remove a provision of the financial regulatory reform bill that would impose a fiduciary duty on swap dealers engaging in transactions with state and local governments and require them to put the governments’ interest before their own.

Nine groups representing the companies, including American Public Power Association and the Large Public Power Council, made the request in a three-page letter dated May 3 that asked for several other modifications of derivatives provisions.

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