HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) The government of Bermuda says it will no longer hold a referendum as promised on whether the island should legalize casinos.

Premier Craig Cannonier told reporters Friday that legislators will instead address the issue through an upcoming bill.

He said the government also will launch a public information campaign in upcoming weeks.

Cannonier said he decided to scrap the referendum amid reports that the opposition party would boycott it. The opposition party has denied those accusations and said it supported holding a referendum.