Philly tour guides challenge licensing requirement

October 7, 2008 7:24:14 AM PDT
Philadelphia tour guides will be in court to challenge a city testing and licensing requirement that they say violates their free speech rights.

The ordinance requires them to pass a history test and get a license before speaking to groups about the history of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other landmarks.

Mayor Michael Nutter signed the law in April amid concerns some guides were perpetuating gross inaccuracies in Philadelphia's history.

The guides, backed by a public-interest law firm, argue the city has gone too far and want the law overruled.

They say their constitutional rights are being violated in the very city where the Declaration of Independence was adopted 232 years ag

o.

A federal judge will hear the lawsuit.

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