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A third U.S. court rules that tour guide licensing scheme is unconstitutional

Credit: City of Savannah

The license program for tour guides maintained by the city of Savannah is an unconstitutional violation of First Amendment free speech guarantees, a federal court in Georgia ruled May 20 (Freenor et al. v. Mayor and Alderman of the City of Savannah).

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia ruled that the city did not provide adequate justification for its licensing scheme to overcome the presumption that its abridgement of free speech violates the First Amendment.

The suit was filed in 2014 by Michelle Freenor, a licensed tour guide in Savannah, joined by her . . .

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