For some, New Year 2000 brought relief that the world did not end; for others, it was merely time for another resolution to lose weight or quit smoking. But for four former members of Congress who arrived on K Street a year ago, it meant they can start cashing in on their access to former colleagues.

Jan. 3 was the day on which retired Reps. Vic Fazio (D-Calif.), Bill Paxon (R-N.Y.), and Gerry Solomon (R-N.Y.) became free of the legal restrictions that curbed their lobbying activity since they left office at the beginning of 1999. Former Rep. Bob Livingston (R-La.), who retired later, will see his restraints lifted March 1.

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