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Federal Court strikes down licensing exam

The D.C. government failed to explain why a licensing scheme for tour guides, complete with a 100-question licensing exam, was necessary to prevent real harms to the public, the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held June 24. Reversing a federal district court ruling that had upheld the requirement as only an incidental, limited burden on free speech, the appellate court said the licensing scheme was unconstitutional. "The city has provided no convincing explanation as to why a more finely tailored regulatory scheme would not work," wrote Judge Janice Rogers Brown.

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