FAIRFIELD - Connecticut lawmakers pushed a bill Tuesday that would toughen criminal penalties for those involved in a violent crime known as the knockout game.

Officials say the violent game happens when assailants attempt to knock out random victims with a single punch.

The Public Safety Committee pushed a bill that would raise the crime to a felony and make the mandatory minimum sentence two years for people who participate in the knockout game.

The bill would also treat 16-year-olds as adults.

State Rep. Brenda Kupchick says the bill sends a message. She says the committee will discuss and vote on the bill within the next week.