Relatively few new laws approved for Mich. in 2009

A flurry of legislation passed just before adjourning for 2009 saved the Michigan Legislature from its lowest total of new laws enacted in any one year of the decade.

Michigan likely will wind up with roughly 240 new public acts from 2009. That's higher only than the 221 recorded in 2007 for this decade.

The 2009 total includes more than 50 measures passed in mid-December. Some of those bills aren't yet officially enrolled and won't be eligible for signing by Gov. Jennifer Granholm until January.

Lawmakers didn't pass some of their most significant measures of the year, including a workplace smoking ban and several education law reforms, until December.

The smoking ban has been signed and takes effect May 1.