HARTFORD - The Stamford woman who was mauled by a chimpanzee says she's heartbroken after hearing she was denied the right to sue the state for money to help pay her medical bills.

The Judiciary Committee voted 35 to 3 yesterday to uphold the decision made last year that the state is not responsible for Charla Nash's injuries.

Nash claimed the state knew the chimp was dangerous, but allowed her friend to keep it as a pet.

Nash sued the owner's estate and settled for $4 million, but says she spent most of that on her face transplant.

The full legislature still has the option to approve Nash's suit, but it is considered to be an uphill battle.