Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is trying to head off another expected legislative movement that could undo 35 years of improvements in 16th Section land management for public schools.
The problem may be that too few remember the 16th Section Reform Act of 1978, which ended sweetheart leases that rewarded politically connected folks and shortchanged schools. Before then, 16th Section lands were often leased for pennies an acre.
The secretary of state’s office, under current state laws, is responsible for helping manage 16th Section lands. Some school boards don’t like the secretary of state looking over their shoulders.
However, figures don’t lie.