Secretary of State of Mississippi
It is a constitutional official originally established under the Article IV, §14 of Mississippi Constitution of 1817, and was reestablished under Article V, §133 of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890.
The current Secretary of State is Delbert Hosemann.
The Secretary of State's Office is composed of six divisions:
- The Business Services Division is responsible for chartering corporations and other business entities, registering liens under the Uniform Commercial Code, issuing apostilles, and regulating notaries public. This division also publishes the Mississippi Administrative Bulletin, which is the official gazette for all regulations made by state agencies.
- The Public Lands Division administers all public lands, including land forfeited in tax foreclosures, lands reserved for school use, tidelands held under the public trust doctrine, and lands held by state agencies.
- The Elections Division administers elections, and monitors campaign finance and lobbying activities.
- The Regulation and Enforcement Division oversees the securities industry in Mississippi, and also regulates charities, cemeteries, funeral homes, and scrap metal dealers.
- The Education and Publications Division oversees the publication and distribution of state and agency documents (including statutes and law reports), and coordinates the educational and constituent programs within the Secretary of State's office.
- The Policy and Research Division is responsible for reviewing and updating Mississippi’s business laws, as well as other laws and policies administered by the Secretary of State. This division includes various committees which examine and revise different aspects of these laws.
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