The Erie County legislative staff was placed on the county’s electronic payroll swipe system at the start of this month, joining hundred of other county employees who already use the technology.

It is the latest initiative of the Legislature’s Republican-aligned majority caucus aimed at improving efficiency and accountability within the Legislature.

“The vast majority of the county’s employees already operate on the system and adding the Legislature staff just ensures that we are operating as efficiently as possible,” said Legislature Chairman John J. Mills.

The move also eliminates the archaic method of time-keeping and payroll that involved paper sign-in forms and unnecessary steps to input information for each employee. It coincides with a request from the majority caucus for a five-year review of the Legislature’s expenditures and budget practices by the Comptroller’s Office.

The electronic system connects the Legislature staff directly with the county’s Personnel Department.