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

Minnesota House votes to reverse 'free lunch' provision for legislators

The ban won’t be reinstated, however, unless the Senate passes a bill that is still awaiting its first committee hearing.

Updated: March 10, 2014, - 10:04 PM

Law requiring guilt for forfeiture of property sparks debate

Bill would require property to be returned if there is no related criminal conviction. Some say law would be ripe...

Updated: March 07, 2014, - 11:24 PM

Bill would require Minnesota drivers to stop after collisions

The goal is to make it harder to plead ignorance in hit-and-run cases.

Updated: March 03, 2014, - 09:08 PM

Smartphone industry pushes back on 'kill switch' bill

The wireless industry expressed skepticism over a legislator’s proposal to deter smartphone theft.

Updated: February 28, 2014, - 09:52 AM

Minnesota legislators try to clear confusion over e-cigarettes

In Minnesota, where 80% of the state’s 200 e-cigarette retailers have popped up in the past year, the Legislature is eyeing the idea of regulating them like regular tobacco, including banning their use indoors and in public places.

Updated: February 27, 2014, - 05:03 PM

Law enforcement data collection concerns most Minnesotans

The latest Minnesota Poll finds 63 percent in the state are at least “somewhat” worried about the amount of personal information the state and law enforcement agencies collect on average citizens.

Updated: February 22, 2014, - 01:59 PM

In Mpls., Biden praises health insurance signup

Vice President Joe Biden told visitors to a Minneapolis coffee shop that the millions of people likely to sign up for health insurance before a March deadline is “a hell of a start,” despite the fact that the federal government will likely fall short of its goal.

Updated: February 19, 2014, - 11:50 PM

Web block on Minnesota's juvenile records challenged

State Supreme Court skeptical of law that bars electronic access to data that is public on paper.

Updated: February 18, 2014, - 08:20 PM

IP hopes to meet voters in the middle

Leaders of the party are looking toward this year’s statewide elections with the hope that the chasm between Democrats and Republicans grows, and that support for the IP’s causes will, too.

Updated: February 15, 2014, - 10:33 PM

No-fault insurance scams face crackdown in Minnesota

Swindlers who game Minnesota’s no-fault auto insurance system by soliciting accident “victims” for bogus yet profitable medical treatments are the...

Updated: February 13, 2014, - 09:07 PM

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