One of the most successful bills ever passed by the Mississippi Legislature was the 16th Section Reform Act of 1978. As The Associated Press’ Jack Elliott Jr. wrote this week, the legislation “ended sweetheart leases that rewarded politically connected folks and shortchanged schools. Before then, 16th Section lands were often leased for pennies an acre.”
As one of his duties, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann oversees the management and leasing of more than 640,000 acres of 16th Section public school trust lands that benefit 107 school districts.
It is a duty Hosemann has taken very seriously.