(a) As used in this part, "employee" includes any judge of a municipal or justice court.
(b) As used in this part, "annuitant" includes any judge of a municipal or justice court retired under the Judges' Retirement System.
(c) For purposes of this part, a municipal or justice court judge' s entitlement shall be the same as a superior court judge in terms of health benefits and employer contributions, and the continuation of health benefits coverage shall be administered by the board.
(d) The state shall provide each sitting and retired municipal court and justice court judge with health, dental, and vision care benefits equal to and in the same manner as the health, dental, and vision care benefits provided to superior court judges. These benefits shall be paid from funds provided pursuant to Section 77006.5.
(e) No judge shall have any salary or benefits reduced solely by reason of the enactment of this section.
(f) If a judge opts to receive health, dental, or vision care benefits from the state, the county shall reduce the judge's compensation by an amount equal to the amount the state pays for his or her health, dental, or vision care benefits.
(Amended by Stats. 1994, Ch. 389, Sec. 2.)