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Lawmakers take action after CBS Atlanta mattress investigation

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Georgia lawmakers have taken one step toward cracking down on dirty mattress dealers.

A subcommittee forwarded a proposed bill to regulate the refurbished mattress industry to full committee Wednesday.

House Bill 678 was introduced by Rep. Ralph Long, of Southwest Atlanta after he saw the CBS Atlanta investigation into dirty mattresses. The legislation would require mattress makers to register with the state and sterilize parts before reusing them.

In May, CBS Atlanta exposed American Mattress Manufacturing Company in Atlanta for reusing filthy, smelly and moldy mattress parts and wrapping them in new covers.  A sales manager told an undercover CBS Atlanta producer posing as a customer that the beds were new.

Customer Kellee Johnson spoke before lawmakers about the bed she said the advertisements claimed were new. Johnson said the mattress smelled so badly it made family members sick.

"There's monsters out there that are selling us things that are deadly and dangerous to our health and that's just not acceptable," said Johnson.

Lawmakers questioned an official from the Department of Agriculture how much it would cost to regulate the industry.

In 1996, lawmakers repealed similar regulations. A former representative told CBS Atlanta News that state did not have the money to fund enforcement efforts.

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