SEC. 35-3-7. Preformance of functions of notaries public by post service officers.
Each of the several post service officers of the nationally chartered veteran organizations in the State of Mississippi shall have power to administer oaths and affirmations and to take acknowledgments anywhere in the State of Mississippi under the official seal of office of any such post, and to perform all other duties required of notaries public in connection with matters affecting the veterans of all wars, their heirs and dependents, in claims against the United States government, but for no other purpose. There shall be no charge for the performance of this service. No bond shall be required and the commission shall be issued by the secretary of state and the governor without charge.
Such post service officers shall affix the official seal of their respective posts to each document where the same is required by law, and to each certificate and other official paper executed by them where necessary or proper. All documents authenticated with said seal and signed by any such post service officer shall be recognized as properly attested to in the same manner as if authenticated by notaries public or others authorized by law to take acknowledgments. All copies of papers certified to by any such post service officer and authenticated by said seal shall be accepted in all matters equally in like manner as the original. The official seal of each post shall contain therein the name of the nationally chartered veteran organization. The name and number of the post and the commission of each post service officer shall be approved by the board of supervisors in the county where he resides, and enrolled upon the minutes of said board of supervisors before said post service officer shall be qualified to act.
Any post service officer who shall abuse the privilege granted by this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be fined in a sum not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00) or imprisoned in the county jail not to exceed thirty days, or be both so fined and imprisoned. In addition thereto he shall be removed from office.
SOURCES: Codes, 1942, Sec. 7514; Laws, 1932, ch. 309; 1948, ch. 506.