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

Hotdish Politics: Payday lenders in the cross hairs

Businesses that offer on-the-spot cash loans at higher interest rates than your typical bank are in the cross hairs of...

Updated: April 05, 2014, - 06:04 PM

Senate passes antibullying bill; Dayton is expected to sign

An antibullying policy considered one of the weakest in the country was scrapped by the Minnesota Senate on Thursday in favor of more stringent requirements that would begin to crack down on practices that have tormented some students to the point of suicide.

Updated: April 04, 2014, - 09:44 AM

Dayton wants legislators to toss aside self-imposed bonding cap

There’s room to spend more on state projects, he assures leaders.

Updated: April 02, 2014, - 09:51 PM

With deadline looming, Dayton declares 'MNsure Enrollment Day'

So far, more than 152,000 Minnesotans have enrolled, with the national deadline to avoid penalty looming Monday.

Updated: March 28, 2014, - 10:48 PM

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

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