2000 Regular Session
By: Representative McBride
House Bill 737
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 29-3-41, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT THE LEASING OF HUNTING AND FISHING RIGHTS ON SIXTEENTH SECTION LANDS TO STATE OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 29-3-41, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
29-3-41. After any parcels of sixteenth section lands have been classified as hereinabove provided, all land which has been classified as forest land and which is not now under lease shall hereafter not be leased. The lands classified as forest lands which may be under a lease that has a fixed date of expiration shall not be re-leased when the lease expires; nor shall the lessee be permitted to cut or remove any timber therefrom except according to the terms of his lease. Such lands shall be reserved and kept as forest lands. However, the mineral rights in all such lands may be leased for oil, gas, or mineral purposes, and the board of education may grant leases to the surface of sixteenth section lands classified as forest, which are limited to hunting and fishing rights and activities in relation thereto, and which shall not extend for a period longer than fifteen (15) years. It shall be the duty of the board of education to lease the hunting and fishing rights at public contract after having advertised same for rent in a newspaper published in the county or, if no newspaper is published in the county, then in a newspaper having a general circulation therein, for two (2) successive weeks, the first being at least ten (10) days prior to the public contract. The hunting and fishing rights shall be leased to the person or entity other than a state or federal governmental agency offering the highest annual rental.
However, if the board of education receives an acceptable bid, the most recent holder of the hunting and fishing rights, if it has made an offer, shall have the final right to extend its lease for the term advertised at the annual rental equal to the highest offer received by the board of education.
If no bid acceptable to the board of education is received after the advertisement, the board of education * * *, within ninety (90) days, may lease same by private contract for an amount greater than the highest bid previously rejected.
If the board of education determines to lease the land by private contract, the most recent holder of the hunting and fishing rights, if it has made an offer, shall have the final right to extend its lease on the same terms and conditions as those contained in the private contract proposed to be accepted by the board of education.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2000.