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High court asked to rule on tour-guide licensing

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A group of tour guides wants the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether city governments are restricting their free-speech rights by requiring them to be licensed and pass exams testing their knowledge of local history.

The Arlington-based Institute for Justice says it's filing two petitions arguing that the government has no business licensing tour guides. They say a ruling could have significant implications for anyone who earns a living by talking.

The institute filed the first challenge Monday on licensing laws in Savannah, Georgia. It says it plans to file the second, to the U.S. Supreme Court, on Tuesday.

Two federal appellate courts have recently issued opposing rulings. In New Orleans, a court ruled that city was within its rights to license tour guides. In Washington, D.C., a court said similar rules there were unfounded.

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