Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger late Sunday processed the last of the 964 bills sent to him by the Legislature, an obscene number made all the more obscene because of the similar amounts that have preceded them annually for years.

The governor was wise to veto 214 bills during the 2007 legislative session. But we're grieved he signed 750 new laws, adding to a labyrinth of countless regulations, prohibitions, preferences and special privileges, certainly well beyond the grasp of the most Californians.

We must chide the governor for signing a bill to impose additional fees for motorists starting in mid-2008. Assembly Bill 118 increases smog-abatement charges from $12 to $20 for new-vehicle purchasers and registration fees by $3 for all vehicles. The fees are small, but represent incremental increases cumulatively draining huge amounts of money out of the economy, in this case $210 million a year. The aim for the funds - alternate fuel and clean air technology - is laudable, but government should not be picking the winners and losers in this arena; investors should.

The governor signed what's probably a highly ineffectual bill likely only to add to costs to semiautomatic pistols sold in California, creating an advantage for out-of-state competitors. The Crime Gun Identification Act forces gun sellers by 2010 to imprint traceable characters on bullet casings with micro-stamping technology. Opponents say the technology is unreliable. Moreover, criminals easily can implicate innocent persons by dropping shell casings from other weapons at crime scenes.

Mr. Schwarzenegger also signed a law making the state a menu Nanny by prohibiting trans fats foods in K-12 public schools. What children eat at school is a matter for parents and local school districts, not the state.

No legislative session is complete without gratuitous subsidies for the faddish movement of the hour. This year Mr. Schwarzenegger signed AB1470 to provide $250 million in subsidies over 10 years to solar water-heater buyers. It will cost another $260,000 a year to administer.

That said, let us celebrate the governor's restraint, such as it was. We applaud Gov. Schwarzenegger for vetoing a bill to force chain restaurants to post nutritional information. The requirement would have been cumbersome to implement, costly to keep up to date and represented another Nanny State intrusion into private businesses, which can do it voluntarily.

The governor also vetoed three bills to encourage "green" construction of state-owned, commercial and residential buildings. Mr. Schwarzenegger sided with opponents who said the measures would impose added costs and unnecessarily write new standards into law rather than leaving that task to the California Building Standards Commission.

We welcome the governor's veto of eight more bills described by the California Chamber of Commerce as "job killers." The Democrat-sponsored legislation would have imposed on businesses new taxes, required employers to pay restitution to employees under a new definition of "lockouts," increased agricultural costs, permitted lawsuits over misclassification of independent contractors, doubled disability costs and liberalized rules for workers' compensation.

On that score, Mr. Schwarzenegger appears more consistent than on other matters, having vetoed over the prior three years 26 of 29 bills identified by the Chamber of Commerce as job killers. It shows Mr. Schwarzenegger can rebuff the legislative onslaught when he wants to. We wish he wanted to more often.