North Dakota Century Code, Section 54-05.1-01, defines a lobbyist as "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 council or by an interim committee of the legislative council."
Chapter NDCC 54-05.1-02 does not apply to any person who is:
- A legislator
- A private citizen appearing on his 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 council, an interim committee of the legislative council, or a standing committee of the legislative assembly to appear before the council, 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.