Abby Simons

Reporter | Politics and government
Phone: 651-925-5043
Abby joined the Star Tribune in 2008. Before moving to politics, she covered Minneapolis police, suburban police and Hennepin County District Court.

Recent content from Abby Simons

Legislation aims to make police body cam footage mostly private

The proposal by a trio of cops-turned-legislators is pitched as an effort to protect citizens’ privacy. But advocates of open government vow to fight that.

Updated: January 29, 2015, - 11:18 PM

Push for Sunday auto sales gets chilly reception from dealers

Auto retailers locking their doors on Sundays is one thing that hasn’t changed in Minnesota for decades, thanks to a 58-year-old “blue law.” But a Minnesota legislator is reviving a dormant attempt at doing away with a law she calls ridiculous, and the industry isn’t happy.

Updated: January 29, 2015, - 09:42 AM

Legislators debate shelf life of license-plate reader data

Concern among Minnesota lawmakers was nearly universal over license plate readers, a new crime-fighting technology in 2012 that had the...

Updated: January 24, 2015, - 10:06 PM

Push for Sunday liquor sales renewed with confidence, support

Despite years of failed attempts, public demand is overwhelming, advocates say.

Updated: January 22, 2015, - 10:32 PM

Dayton proposes $30 million to boost U medical school

Gov. Dayton says money will attract top-tier faculty, address an expected shortage of doctors.

Updated: January 21, 2015, - 11:05 PM

Lawmakers launch first initiatives to reform child-protection laws

Lawmakers unveiled an 11-point plan in response to reports detailing the need to bolster protection.

Updated: January 21, 2015, - 11:03 PM

Met Council needs to be more accountable, senators say

A bill from Sen. Dave Osmek, above, would allow more local control of the huge planning and policymaking entity by requiring the governor’s appointees to get some local signoff.

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 05:15 PM

BCA shelves gun-permit applications after questionnaire found intrusive

Gun rights advocates cried foul, saying questions on form violated state law.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 10:36 PM

State Sen. Sean Nienow is relieved of $840K in debt

A Minnesota state senator who filed for bankruptcy after reneging on a six-figure small-business loan was relieved of $840,000 in debt last year.

Updated: January 14, 2015, - 09:55 AM

Power shift fires up advocates of Sunday liquor sales

Some lawmakers say the new climate inside the Capitol offers the best chance yet to repeal the 80-year-old law that prohibits Sunday sales.

Updated: January 11, 2015, - 10:25 AM

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