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Justices reject New Orleans tour guides' free speech appeal

2 years 6 months 4 weeks ago Monday, February 23 2015 Feb 23, 2015 February 23, 2015 1:53 PM February 23, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - The Supreme Court has rejected a free-speech appeal from guides in New Orleans who object to having to be licensed to lead tours.

The justices didn't comment Monday in leaving in place lower-court rulings that said the requirements don't violate the First Amendment.

Licensing opponents had hoped that the New Orleans case might attract the Supreme Court's interest because a District of Columbia court struck down similar rules in the nation's capital.

Retiree Candance Kagan is one of the guides who filed the lawsuit in New Orleans. She says she's disappointed the justices won't hear the case. She says the law violates guides' free-speech rights.

Other guides say the licensing process - which includes a test on New Orleans history and culture - helps ensure that tourists get accurate information.

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