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Erie County lawmakers may soon be forbidden from billing the taxpayers for mileage.

The Legislature's Government Affairs Committee on Thursday agreed to outlaw the practice after The Buffalo News disclosed that two lawmakers were charging for the miles driven from their homes to their district offices or from home to Old County Hall downtown.

Albert DeBenedetti of Buffalo and Edward J. Kuwik of Lackawanna, both Democrats, had said the practice was allowed when they took office years ago.

Republicans and Democrats introduced measures to ban the practice. The committee Thursday advanced provisions introduced by the Democratic majority that noted that billing for mileage had been a "long-established" practice.

"Given the current fiscal environment in Erie County," it said, "the County Legislature hereby ends the policy of allowing legislators to file for mileage reimbursement."

The matter will go before the full Legislature on Thursday.

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