Allegheny County Council members will consider requiring the Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Review to check with them before changing its rules.
The legislation, sponsored by nine members of council, was largely in response to a new rule -- one barring property owners from hiring non-lawyers to represent them in appeals -- that the board passed earlier this year.
Currently, council reviews board rules after they have already been passed and can veto them after the fact. Council members struck down the lawyers-only rule earlier this month, saying it was unfair to poorer property owners who can't afford high fees.
The legislation will now be discussed in committee.