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Political Involvement in North Dakota

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Requirements for Political Involvement in North Dakota

“Lobbyist” means any person who, in any manner whatsoever, directly or indirectly, performs any of the following activities:

  • Attempts to secure the passage, amendment, or defeat of any legislation by the legislative assembly or the approval or veto of any legislation by the governor of the state
  • Attempts to influence decisions made by the legislative management or by an interim committee of the legislative management

 

“Lobbyist” does not include any person who is:

  • A legislator
  • A private citizen appearing on the citizen’s own behalf
  • An employee, officer, board member, volunteer, or agent of the state or its political subdivisions whether elected or appointed and whether or not compensated, who is acting in that person’s official capacity
  • Invited by the chairman of the legislative management, an interim committee of the legislative management, or a standing committee of the legislative assembly to appear before the legislative management, interim committee, or standing committee for the purpose of providing information
  • An individual who appears before a legislative committee for the sole purpose of presenting testimony on behalf of a trade or professional organization or a business or industry if the individual is introduced to the committee by the registered lobbyist for the trade or professional organization or the business or industry

 

N.D. Cent. Code § 54-05.1-02

Before engaging in any lobbying activities, an individual must register with the Secretary of State and receive a Certificate of Registration and a distinctive Lobbyist Identification Badge to be prominently worn by the lobbyist when engaged in any lobbying activities. To register, lobbyists must submit the following:

  • A Lobbyist Registration form
  • A Letter of Authorization for Lobbyist form, signed by the persons or official of the corporation, limited liability company, association, group, or organization employing the lobbyist, and
  • A filing fee of $25, made payable to the Secretary of State, for registering each lobbyist and the first person or entity represented by the lobbyist, and an additional fee of $15 for each subsequent person or entity represented

 

Registrations expire on June 30th of each year and must be renewed annually by filing the same forms.

 

N.D. Cent. Code § 54-05.1-03(1): Registration as a lobbyist; fee; filing of information; public inspection; certificate of registration

 

Each registered lobbyist must file a Lobbyist Expenditure Report on or before August 1st, following the expiration of the registration period.

 

N.D. Cent. Code § 54-05.1-03(2): Registration as a lobbyist; fee; filing of information; public inspection; certificate of registration

 

North Dakota Secretary of State: How to Become a Lobbyist
http://sos.nd.gov/lobbyists/how-become-lobbyist

 

Lobbyist Registration
http://www.nd.gov/eforms/Doc/sfn11106.pdf

 

Letter of Authorization for Lobbyist
http://sos.nd.gov/files/uploaded_documents/lobauth.pdf

 

North Dakota Secretary of State: Required Lobbyist Reports
http://sos.nd.gov/lobbyists/required-lobbyist-reports

 

Lobbyist Expenditure Report
http://www.nd.gov/eforms/Doc/sfn07654.pdf

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