- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The number of lobbyists registered for North Dakota’s 64th legislative session was down significantly compared to the last three sessions.

The drop came despite a record $14.4 billion budget passed in the session that ended last week.

Data from the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office show 550 lobbyists representing 948 organizations are registered this year. Last session, there were 574 registered lobbyists representing 942 organizations.

Data show 555 lobbyists were registered for the 62nd legislative session, representing 890 organizations. The session before that, there were 591 lobbyists representing 963 organizations.

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