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

For the 8 serving life for teenage crimes, waiting game continues

They're now at the heart of a debate over whether the state should give them even a far-off chance at parole.

Updated: March 28, 2014, - 03:30 AM

Dayton has doubts about moves to restrict e-cigarettes

He backs rules to limit kids’ access, but thinks smokers may have faced enough sanctions already.

Updated: March 26, 2014, - 05:40 AM

Participants in Minnesota safe-driving classes sue for $2M refund

Lawsuit says jurisdictions offered programs in lieu of tickets, knowing they were illegal.

Updated: March 13, 2014, - 09:32 PM

Amended anti-bullying bill appeases key Minn. school groups

Revised definition is favored by many school groups but not panel’s GOP members.

Updated: March 12, 2014, - 10:07 AM

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

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