As many of you may know January 5, 2011 was the first day of the 2011 Vermont Legislative Session. Here are some of the updates for VT State Policy: VT’s 81st Governor, Peter Shumlin gives Inaugural Address, watch Shumlin’s here: inaugural address on WXAC.com, read it here at the VT government’s site. Shumlin promises to help the vulnerable Vermonters and make their lives more economically secure. Governor Peter Shumlin spoke briefly at the January 5, Homeless Memorial Vigil on the Statehouse steps. He made a promise of $500,000 to homeless providers! More details to be expected in Shumlins budget address. Shap Smith named Speaker of the House for his second term. Read this Burlington Free Press article here, Shap Smith named top House Leadership post. Read/listen to VPR’s coverage on Shap Smith’s speech to the House, Legislature Kicks Off 2011 Session With Ambitious Agenda. House Committee Assignments made and available online at VAHC’s website. Preview of 2011 VT Legislative Session: FreePress article: New Vermont Legislature Hits Ground Running. Listen to VPR’s Rob Kinzel give an overview of what citizens and observers can expect from VT lawmakers: Legislature Convenes, New Senate Landscape. Watch/Read WCAX’s Kristin Carlson’s preview.