On Wednesday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the state’s controversial 911 system violates the state Constitution.
The ruling, which comes after the court issued an injunction that stopped Texas from implementing the system, says the system violates Texas’ sovereign immunity and other protections of the Fifth Amendment.
This ruling will mean Texas will now be able to issue more than two million 911 calls a day, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
But that could increase as more people use the system.
The Texas Tribune reports that, like other states, Texas must comply with the ruling.
It will allow local and state governments to issue calls and text messages, and will require residents to wear face-recognition devices.
Texas also must provide residents with a voice recorder, a cell phone with an antenna, a digital recorder and a smartphone with at least 5 megabytes of storage.
In an interview with the Texas Tribune, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said the ruling does not mean that all calls and texts will be blocked by the state.
“There will be exceptions,” Abbott said.
“If a law enforcement officer decides that a caller is threatening or violent, then he or she will be able, and the police will have a reasonable expectation of privacy in that conversation.
And I don’t think that we have a lot of reason to block that.”
In a statement, Abbott said, “This decision is not a blanket ban on all 911 calls and messages.
Rather, the ruling affirms that the 911 system is a tool for law enforcement to communicate with the public.”
The decision does not impact calls to 911, the State of Texas said in a statement to the Associated Press.
The Texas Tribune reported that the decision does allow the public to receive emergency calls from 911, but only in limited circumstances.
The AP reports that the Texas state legislature is expected to take up the new law this month.