Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the following provisions shall be applicable to the official superior court reporters in Monterey County:
(a) Regular official court reporters shall report all criminal and civil proceedings in their respective courts and report all grand jury proceedings. When not engaged in the performance of other duties imposed on him or her by law and when approved by the presiding judge, each reporter shall render such assistance as may be required
in any other court of the county to which he or she may be assigned. During hours in which the court is open for the transaction of judicial business, official reporters shall devote full time to the performance of regular duties and shall not engage in or solicit any other employment in their professional capacity.
(b) Each regular official court reporter shall be paid a salary to be established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors upon the joint recommendation of the county administrative officer and the judges of the superior court.
(c) A regular official court reporter shall serve at the pleasure of the judge of the court for which appointed but shall receive the same vacation, sick leave, retirement, and other financial or monetary benefits as are now, or may be hereafter provided for the classification of superior court clerk. The benefits include the right to
participate in any group accident, group health, or group life insurance plan adopted for and made available to the classification of superior court clerk.
For the purposes of retirement under the Public Employees’ Retirement System, the salary provided for in subdivision (b) shall be deemed the entire salary for each court reporter.
(d) Judges of the superior court may appoint as many official superior court reporters pro tempore as the business of the court requires. They shall be unsalaried but shall receive a per diem at a rate to be established by joint action of the board of supervisors and a majority of the judges of the superior court.