(1) Any person, association, partnership, corporation, domestic or foreign, or municipality qualified under the Constitution and the laws of the state of Montana may lease state lands for metalliferous minerals and gem purposes; however all corporations not incorporated in Montana must obtain a certificate of authority to transact business in this state from the secretary of state.

(2) No officer or employee of any agency of the executive department of state government who is required to inspect or examine metalliferous mineral or gem mines or otherwise to gather field information in regard to prospecting for metalliferous minerals or gems or the production thereof, may take or hold such a lease, nor shall such person become interested in any manner in any lease on state lands.

(3) Any person qualified to hold a lease on state lands may acquire, receive and hold more than one lease.

History: 77-6-104, MCA; IMP, 77-1-113, MCA; NEW, 1981 MAR p. 1920, Eff. 1/1/82; TRANS, 1996 MAR p. 2384.