A similar law to require licensing of tour guides was passed in New Orleans. But the tour guides sued to be free from any control or supervision of what they can say on the tours. They lost. The courts upheld the licensing requirement, but didn’t specify what the guides may say or not say. The licensing requirement tests applicants on their knowledge of the area’s historical and cultural history and on the landmarks in the city. The tour guides appealed, but the Supreme Court refused to hear their case, so the licensing requirement remains in effect.
I think that is a good result. If you go as a visitor to a city with many historical landmarks where great events happened, I’d like to know that I’m getting true history, not some oddball comments by a guide who’s trying to be humorous or perhaps even trying to downgrade or belittle our Founding Fathers.
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