Monday, May 05, 2014 10:44 am
Tour operators challenge licensing in court
In a town where talking is the main industry, the owners of a guide service say the city regulation for tour operators violates their First Amendment free-speech rights.
The District of Columbia government says the occupational licensing is a routine requirement that in no way restricts what tour operators may say as they guide tourists around town.
A federal judge last year found that guiding, directing and escorting a commercial sightseeing trip or tour would only incidentally burden free speech, if at all.