General Assembly candidate Bob Hebert this week applauded an announcement from the legislature\u2019s House Republicans, who intend to petition for a special session that would allow lawmakers to tackle critical budgetary issues and conduct a bipartisan review of the governor\u2019s executive orders. Hebert, a member of the Ridgefield\u2019s Board of Selectmen and co-leader of the town\u2019s short-term COVID-19 municipal recovery team, is the Republican candidate to replace the retiring John Frey as state representative for 111th District. \u201cThe governor, by way of emergency powers, has managed the state through executive order since mid-March, and when those powers expire on Sept. 9 the legislature should be ready to act,\u201d Hebert said. \u201cThere have been nearly 50 executive orders so far with more than 200 provisions, and the idea of a bipartisan review panel to consider their impact whether any should be extended seems logical.\u201d Additionally, the legislature must tackle budget deficiencies while also taking a role in determining how federal aid should be distributed to municipalities. \u201cThere\u2019s a lot of work to be done, and the governor has, for the most part, kept members of the legislature at arm\u2019s length,\u201d Hebert said. \u201cThat\u2019s an aspect of the response effort which needs to change. State lawmakers understand what\u2019s happening in their communities and should be part of the recovery process.\u201d Minority party Republicans in the state\u2019s House of Representatives are petitioning for a special session because neither the governor nor the legislature\u2019s majority lawmakers have moved to activate the members of the general assembly. Hebert, in his second term as a selectman, has worked in the financial services industry for 40 years. His run for state representative is backed by Frey, who has served in the seat for 22 years. Hebert received the unanimous endorsement from the Republican Town Committee last week. For more information about Hebert, visit BobForStateRep.com.