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

New Minnesota law will get mentally ill out of jails, into treatment faster

A new law streamlining the process is the latest reform in state’s mental health treatment.

Updated: May 01, 2014, - 08:30 PM

No ‘search warrant’ to be found in rule

In latest controversy over “cellular exploitation devices,” legislators debate how to protect civil liberties.

Updated: April 28, 2014, - 09:27 PM

Minn. AG Lori Swanson: Legislators’ immunity won’t stop DWIs

Swanson supported an initiative to clarify a long-standing provision that gives lawmakers immunity from arrest during the legislative session. But Sen. Ron Latz said that education, not legislation, is key to clearing up misconceptions about the law.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 11:29 PM

Bill taking aim at job gender gap advances

Minnesota ready to offer workplace protections to women, especially with pay.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 08:33 AM

Minn. Senate OKs bill requiring police to get warrants to track cellphones

Sen. Branden Petersen’s bill was in response to concern about “cellular exploitation devices.”

Updated: April 22, 2014, - 11:26 PM

For Minnesota DFL, GOP, the race for campaign cash is on

Fundraising reports help size up governor, House races as they prepare to heat up.

Updated: April 15, 2014, - 11:06 PM

Reform on sex offender program stalls in Minnesota Legislature

Judge has ordered state program overhauled, but doing so means huge political risks for legislators.

Updated: April 14, 2014, - 10:28 PM

Sen. Al Franken's campaign coffer totals $5.9 million

The first-term Democratic senator raised $2.7 million.

Updated: April 14, 2014, - 10:01 PM

Synthetic drug stores could be outlawed in Minnesota

House votes to expand the definition of illegal synthetics, give more power to pharmacy board.

Updated: April 09, 2014, - 11:14 PM

Minnesota cops, prosecutors object to immunity in heroin bill

Law would allow people to call 911 for overdoses without fear of prosecution.

Updated: April 08, 2014, - 11:20 PM

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