WASHINGTON -- In a case that could affect 45 states and the District of Columbia, Connecticut officials are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a 1967 ruling and allow states to tax the $150 billion-a-year mail-order industry.

The 1967 ruling, which came in National Bellas Hess v. Department of Revenue, is coming under increasing fire nationally as state courts attempt to apply the high court's rationale.

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