1997 Regular Session
By: Representative Stringer
House Bill 1270
(As Passed the House)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 29-3-27, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO TRANSFER SIXTEENTH SECTION LANDS OR LIEU LANDS TO A MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY FOR ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY PURPOSES IN EXCHANGE FOR ROAD WORK PERFORMED BY THE MUNICIPALITY OR COUNTY; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 29-3-27, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
29-3-27. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2) of this section, no sixteenth section lands or lands granted in lieu thereof, in whole or in part, situated within the school district holding or owning the same shall ever be sold, except that the board of education may, under the procedures hereinafter provided, sell such lands for industrial development thereon, therein, or thereunder to any persons, firms, or corporations in fee simple, or any lesser estate therein, for a purchase price not less than the fair market value thereof; and when any such sale is made, the deed shall be executed in the name of the State of Mississippi by the superintendent of the said board of education.
As used in this section and in Sections 29-3-29 and 29-3-61, the term "industrial development" shall include restoration as a tourist attraction the place where an organization was founded, which said organization has since been expanded to be national or international in its membership, scope, and influence.
The proceeds of the sale in fee simple of any sixteenth section, or lands granted in lieu thereof, in whole or in part, or such part of said proceeds as may be required to purchase acreage of equivalent fair market value, shall be used by the board of education, to purchase other land in the county, which land shall be held and reserved by the State of Mississippi for the support of the township schools in lieu of the land thus sold, as other sixteenth section lieu land is held, and shall be subject to all laws applicable thereto. Every such sale and every such purchase of land in lieu thereof shall be reported by the secretary of the board of education to the State Land Commissioner and to the State Forestry Commission within ninety (90) days after the consummation of each such sale and purchase. Any funds from a sale in fee simple of any sixteenth section land, or land granted in lieu thereof, in excess of any amount used to purchase said land in lieu thereof, shall be treated as corpus and shall be invested by the board of education as provided by law. Only the income from such investment shall be expended for current operating expenses of the schools.
(2) Upon approval by the board of education, sixteenth section lands or lands granted in lieu thereof may be transferred to a municipality or county for road right-of-way purposes. The board of education may agree to transfer the lands to the municipality or county in exchange for road work performed by the municipality or county, such as grading, graveling, shelling, repairing or maintaining roads, if the appraised value of the road right-of-way is equal to or less than the value of the road work performed by the municipality or county for the school district.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.