For years, Jean Soderlind has run a ghost tour company called “Ghost Talk, Ghost Walk.” She gave tours personally for years, but in 2009 she decided that maintaining a license wasn’t worth the bureaucratic hassle. Because Jean is not currently licensed, she is not allowed to conduct tours of the city. She can run a tour company, she can pay guides to give tours and she can even tell the guides who work for her exactly what to say, but she cannot step in to say these things herself if one of her guides is sick or otherwise unavailable.
Economic Liberty | First Amendment | Occupational Licensing | Occupational Speech | Tour Guides
Tour guides are storytellers, and the government can’t be in the business of deciding who is (or who is not) allowed to tell stories.