Related Programs: VPR NewsThe Frequency Audio: Senate President Tim Ashe's Acceptance Speech By VPR News • Jan 4, 2017 Related Programs: VPR NewsThe Frequency TweetShareGoogle+Email Listen Listening... / 12:11 The Legislative session kicks off this week in Montpelier. On Wednesday, Sen. Tim Ashe took over as the President of the Vermont Senate. You can find a PDF of his prepared remarks here, or listen to his full remarks above. Tags: VPR NewsVermont LegislatureGovernment & PoliticsTim AsheThe FrequencyTweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread. Related Content Audio & Transcript: Speaker Of The House Mitzi Johnson's Acceptance Speech By VPR Staff • Jan 4, 2017 Angela Evancie / VPR Listen Listening... / 6:54 At the start of the 2017 legislative session Wednesday, South Hero Rep. Mitzi Johnson was sworn in as Vermont's new speaker of the House. Audio & Transcript: Gov. Peter Shumlin's Farewell Address By VPR News • Jan 4, 2017 Angela Evancie / VPR Listen Listening... / 35:28 After six years in office, Gov. Peter Shumlin delivered his farewell address Wednesday at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Vermont Supreme Court Rules Shumlin Can't Appoint Justice's Replacement By Peter Hirschfeld • Jan 4, 2017 Stefan Hard / Times Argus/Pool In a unanimous ruling that could impact its own make up, the Vermont Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a ruling that denies Gov. Peter Shumlin the ability to appoint a successor to outgoing Associate Justice John Dooley. As Inauguration Nears, Scott Fills Out Extended Cabinet By Peter Hirschfeld • Jan 4, 2017 An associate dean at the University of Vermont Medical Center will serve as commissioner of the Department of Health under Governor-elect Phil Scott.