(KTEN) — Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed legislation Friday that would have empowered nurse practitioners to prescribe medication without a doctor's supervision.

Senate Bill 458, co-authored by state Rep. Tammy Townley (R-District 48), required Advanced Practice Registered Nurses to complete a minimum of 2,000 hours of supervised practice with at least five years of licensed experience to meet the requirements of the bill. 

"This bill was extremely important to rural Oklahoma," Townley said in a statement to KETN. "APRN independent practice has already been proven by our US military; shouldn't that be a solid enough reason to incorporate it for our citizens in rural Oklahoma?"

The legislation passed overwhelmingly in both the House and Senate.