Published: Jan 11, 2011 7:40 PM EST
Updated: Jan 11, 2011 4:40 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tour guides in Philadelphia want a federal appeals court to decide if they can be required to pass a history test and be licensed.

But judges hearing arguments Tuesday believe the free-speech case may be premature.

That's because city budget cuts have stalled any efforts to enforce the 2008 law, which stems from complaints that tour guides were spinning twisted yarns about Philadelphia's historic area.

Three tour guides are challenging the law on grounds the city can't restrict legal speech - no matter how inaccurate.

The three-judge appeals panel sitting in Philadelphia did not indicate when it would rule.

Washington, New Orleans and several other cities test and license their tour guides.

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