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Associated Press, Published January 09 2013

Lobbyists gear up for 2013 ND legislative session

BISMARCK — North Dakota lawmakers are back at work — and so are the lobbyists.

About 250 organizations had registered their lobbyists with the secretary of state before the 2013 session, which kicked off Tuesday and is slated to last for about three months. North Dakota legislators meet every other year.

Josh Askvig, an advocate for the AARP of North Dakota, says he's hoping legislators will consider health care for seniors and try to fill in possible gaps from the state's refusal to open its own health insurance marketplace under new federal law.

Askvig says the key to being a successful lobbyist is developing relationships, which he believes is easier in North Dakota than most states because the government "is truly a citizen Legislature."

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.