CHICAGO — Ohio officials have asked the state Supreme Court to consider the constitutionality of a $1.4 billion plan to privatize the state's liquor distribution system, saying they need certainty before they head to the bond market to finance the deal.

JobsOhio, a private, nonprofit entity that was created last year to take over the liquor system, filed a so-called writ of mandamus Friday morning with the Supreme Court in an effort to advance the plan, which has been stalled by a lawsuit since last year.

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