- Associated Press - Monday, May 8, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - There were fewer lobbyists roaming the hallways of North Dakota Capitol during the 2017 Legislature.

Data show 514 lobbyists were registered with the North Dakota secretary of state’s office when the Legislature adjourned last month. That’s down from 554 in the 2015 session, and the fewest in at least a decade.

North Dakota lawmakers were dealing with less revenue this session compared with the prior two sessions where record budgets were set.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger says he doesn’t know if that’s the reason for the fewer number of lobbyists this session.

North Dakotans may testify before a legislative committee on their own behalf without registering as a lobbyist. But if someone is representing another person or organization, state law requires them to register as a lobbyist.

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