By OREGON STATE REPRESENTATIVE DANIEL BONHAM
Ezra’s Law moves forward with work group to ensure appropriate justice for critically injured victims of violent crime
SALEM, Ore. – Representative Daniel Bonham (R-The Dalles) reintroduced Ezra’s Law for the 2022 Legislative Session.
HB 4108 is a proposal named after Ezra Thomas who was just 2 years old when his mother’s boyfriend, Josue Mendoza-Melo, attacked him. Today, as a result of the injuries, Ezra cannot walk, talk or see. While Ezra’s injuries have given him a life sentence of disability, Josue will serve no more than 12 years in prison. The proposed law would secure longer and more appropriate sentences for people who cause permanent physical injury to their victims.
Due to limited time available during the 35-day 2022 Legislative Session, lawmakers will continue work on HB 4108 with a work group to be facilitated jointly by Rep. Bonham and Representative Jason Kropf (D-Bend).
“I am encouraged by the commitment of a bipartisan work group and look forward to what we can accomplish for Ezra and victims like him,” said Rep. Bonham. “This work group will bring stakeholders together, including Ezra’s grandmother, district attorneys, disability advocates and more so we can find a broadly supported, bipartisan solution to introduce in the 2023 legislative session.”