DC tour guides win free speech fight

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against strict regulations requiring tour guides in the District to pass a test and pay $200 in fees before leading visitors around the city's sites.

Friday's decision was a victory for two local tour guides, Tonia Edwards and Bill Main, who first challenged the law in 2010 as a violation of their free speech rights.

Read the court documents: http://on.wusa9.com/TEbIkQ

Edwards and Main, who own and operate "Segs in the City," a Segway-rental and tour company, wanted the right to talk to their customers without first seeking government approval.

Guiding paid tours without a license in D.C. previously subjected you to a $300 fine and three months in jail.


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