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“It’s having an adverse effect on the program because it’s limiting the supply,” Mr. Mendelson said.

Council member Jim Graham, Ward 1 Democrat, joined Mr. Mendelson and Mr. Catania in voting against the bill.

Mr. Mendelson initially voted for the bill but withdrew his support after Ms. Alexander killed his amendment to exclusively address the relocation process. From the dais, he said Ms. Alexander’s bill did not need language on retail priority areas if current applicants were truly ready and willing to move.

“There was disingenuousness in the debate,” Mr. Mendelson said after the meeting.