A. On conviction of any offense in this chapter, 1 the court may render the person who is convicted ineligible to receive any public benefits. The court shall determine the length of time that shall elapse before the person's eligibility is restored.
B. The court shall not deny any public benefit otherwise directly or indirectly available to any innocent person nor shall the court deny any public benefit if such denial is in conflict with the laws of the United States.
C. For the purposes of this section, “public benefits” includes any money or services provided by this state for scholarships or tuition waivers granted for state funded universities or community colleges, welfare benefits, public housing or other subsidies but does not include benefits available for drug abuse treatment, rehabilitation or counseling programs.
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