Happenings at the Minnesota Capitol:
Republican John Jordan was sworn in Friday as the newest member of the Minnesota House, representing the northwestern Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park.
He takes the seat left open when Darlene Luther died Jan. 30 at the age of 54 of stomach cancer.
"I will work hard to live up to the legacy she left behind," Jordan said.
Jordan, 41, serves on the Brooklyn Park Planning Commission and is interested in promoting safe neighborhoods and education. He ran unsuccessfully for the city council in 1998.
Luther was a DFLer who served the district for nine years. Her widower is congressman Bill Luther, D-Minn.
A day after its introduction, a House committee juggled priorities in a House bonding plan. Lawmakers on the Capital Investment Committee included $30 million to pay for the North Star commuter train line, which would run from St. Cloud to Minneapolis.
The chairman of the committee, Rep. Jim Knoblach, is from St. Cloud. He said he was happy the plan easily cleared the committee. But he expects someone on the House floor will try to take it out again.
The Senate bonding bill includes $8 million for the project, and Gov. Jesse Ventura's plan would provide $120 million -- the state's full portion.
The House committee also added $4 million for a busway that would run from the northwest suburbs to Minneapolis.
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