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HARTFORD, Conn. - The woman mauled by a friend s chimpanzee in 2009 is expected to make a personal plea to Connecticut legislators, hoping they ll allow her to sue the state for $150 million in damages.

A spokeswoman says Charla Nash will appear Friday at a public hearing before the General Assembly s Judiciary Committee.

The panel is considering a bill that would override the June decision by the State Claims Commissioner, who dismissed Nash s initial request for permission to sue. The state generally is immune from lawsuits, unless allowed by the claims commissioner.

Nash was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant following the attack. Her attorneys contend a state law gave the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection unequivocal authority to seize the chimpanzee, whose existence threatened public health and safety.

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