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Charla Nash after her face-transplant operation Charla Nash after her face-transplant operation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The Connecticut House of Representatives has sided with a legislative committee that recommended a woman blinded and disfigured in a 2009 chimpanzee attack should not be allowed to sue the state for financial damages.

Monday night's 126-14 vote was not unexpected. It would have been unusual for the House to overrule the recommendation of the Judiciary Committee, which upheld last year's decision by the Claims Commissioner's office, which refused Charla Nash's request for permission to sue the state.

The issue now moves to the Senate.

Nash claimed officials knew the 200-pound chimp could be dangerous and was being kept without a permit before it went on a rampage.

Rep. Gerald Fox says lawmakers feel "tremendous compassion" toward Nash, but believe the state didn't owe a "personal duty" to protect her.

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