- Associated Press - Thursday, December 31, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) has cleared up confusion over whether restaurants can serve alcohol an hour earlier on Sundays.

The Legislature this year voted to allow restaurants to begin serving alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays, instead of noon. The goal is to put North Dakota cities on par with bordering states that allow for earlier booze sales on Sundays.

The change was to take effect Aug. 1. However, there was confusion because one section of state law still said sales may start at noon. Some restaurants put plans to serve earlier on hold.

West Fargo Rep. Ben Hanson asked Stenehjem for an opinion. Stenehjem on Thursday said the most recent legislative action prevails, making 11 a.m. sales legal.

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