Criteria for the Locke and Smith Award

The Locke and Smith Award is a 14″ x 16″ granite plaque. It is awarded to the Missouri State Representative and State Senator, who by their voting record, has voted in a manner consistent with limited government, personal responsibly, and individual liberty, as expressed in Article I, Section 2 of the Missouri Constitution which states that all constitutional government is intended to promote the general welfare of the people; that all persons have a natural right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry.  Legislators in Missouri have to swear an oath to defend both Constitutions so legislation will be reviewed accordingly when the need arises.

The basis of this award is nine questions. The following is the criteria used to determine the acceptability of changes to existing legislation or new legislation.

  1. Is this a proper function of government?
  2. Does the legislation create favoritism?
  3. Does the legislation create a favorable or negative impact?
  4. Does the legislation create a fee for service only to be provided by government?
  5. Does the legislation impact personal liberty or freedom?
  6. Does the legislation undermine personal responsibility?
  7. Does the legislation create a means by which government entities or the employees of such can abuse a tax payer approved tax or amendment?
  8. Can the legislation be currently enforced under existing laws?
  9. Does the legislation jeopardize in any manner the sovereignty of the state?

To see the reasoning behind the nine questions, click Nine Criteria Long.