Former Mayor Joe Riley expected to take the stand in tour guide licensing trial tomorrow

The City of Charleston's Tour guide manual. (WCIV)

Wednesday marked the third day of testimony in the lawsuit over whether the City of Charleston's licensing requirement for tour guides violates the First Amendment.

Today, more city officials take the stand.

The plaintiffs, non-profit Institute for Justice, first called City of Charleston clerk of council Vanessa Turner Maybank to testify regarding her role with the city's tourism management and the tour guide test.

She was also questioned about some concerns that had been raised throughout her tenure with the city regarding the 200-question written test and the oral portion of the test.

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Next, the plaintiffs called Rhetta Mendelsohn, a licensed tour guide in Charleston since 1982, who contributed to the nearly 500-page manual that prospective tour guides purchase to use as a study guide for the tour guide test administered by the city.

Mendelsohn said if the city-mandated licensing exam was abolished, tourists would be at risk because tour guides would be unregulated and "people would put themselves out there with no knowledge."

She added that tourists today, "are more vulnerable than they have ever been."

The plaintiffs rested their case Wednesday afternoon.

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The City of Charleston's first witness was Helen Hill, the president and CEO of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

The City is expected to call on Thursday former longtime Charleston mayor Joe Riley, Jr., who testified for nearly four hours on Monday.

The City expects to rest its case on Thursday.

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