A bill that would allow establishments in North Dakota to sell alcohol an hour earlier on Sundays failed in the North Dakota Senate vote on Thursday, May 19th.

According to The Bismarck Tribune, the bill was defeated by a single vote, 23-22. Bills require 24 votes to pass.

The bill would have allowed establishments to begin serving alcohol at 11am on Sundays in North Dakota, as opposed to 12pm. The reason behind the bill was to make it easier for businesses in bordering cities to be competitive for lunchtime business on Sundays.

In Minnesota, businesses can begin serving alcohol at 10am on Sundays, while Montana can begin serving at 8am. South Dakota can serve even earlier than that, beginning at 7am.

[The Bismarck Tribune]